Rogue Valley Runners Witness Explosion

BOSTON, Mass. — More than a dozen Southern Oregon runners from Cave Junction to Klamath Falls are listed as participating in Monday’s Boston Marathon. One of those runners is Southern Oregon Public Defender Justin Rosas who says he and those with him are safe.

In a statement, Justin Rosas says he trained for years to run in the Boston Marathon and after Monday’s bombing he says his life will never be the same, though he is unharmed.

Due to the explosions that hit the race in Boston, British police say they are reviewing security plans for Sunday’s London Marathon, the next major international marathon.

Here in the Rogue Valley local authorities say the safety of both participants and spectators is a top priority at the Pear Blossom Run, which took place over the weekend.

Law enforcement was brought in from all over the state and police were stationed at every intersection and areas in between. Police say after a terror attack like the one in Boston today they will discuss any possible changes to security for future events.

“To see, you know, the bad guy starting to take that tactic, we will certainly round-table that and see if we want to change or improve our security measures for next year,” said Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau.

Police says alert spectators can help by reporting any suspicious items left unattended. Among possible options for tighter security could be more resources such as bomb sniffing dogs.

According to the statement from Justin Rosas, Southern Oregon Running Enthusiasts will dedicate their regular trail run to the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Lost Creek Lake. Click here for more information.

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