Increased security doesn't damper West Mich. run

By: AP
By: AP

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Authorities say everything has been running smoothly for the Fifth Third River Bank Run in West Michigan despite increased security following the Boston Marathon bombings.

The Grand Rapids Press report many in the crowd Saturday morning said they are undeterred by the bombings. Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell has led spectators and runners in a prayer and moment of silence for bombing victims.

Organizers asked those attending to limit any bags. Police have said area law enforcement have helped to give the annual event its largest ever security force.

There were about 21,000 participants registered, a decrease of nearly 500 from last year's record. That was the 35th anniversary race

The River Bank Run includes 25-kilometer and shorter events.


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