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Grandad Half Marathon Reconsiders Security Procedures


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- In the wake of Monday's Boston Marathon bombings, organizers of the La Crosse Grandad Half Marathon are reassessing their security arrangements. 

Event coordinator Jessica Robey said the half marathon already is expecting 14 police to be stationed along the route. Civilian volunteers are expected to be stationed at every intersection. 

"We work hand in hand with the La Crosse Police," Robey said. "We have uniformed police along the route, at our start and finish areas. We also have trained medical professionals on hand with the headquarters at Riverside Park." 

Robey added medical professionals will also be stationed along the route in case of an emergency. 

She said she'd like to see security beefed up a bit following the attack in Boston. But added in the end the discretion lies with the police force -- which makes the final decision on the number of officers to employ at various community events. 

"I'd like to see more security at our finish and start lines, just because that's where the big crowd of runners will be," Robey said. "Not that I'm not worried about people along the course. But we do have volunteers at each intersection." 

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