Cleveland Marathon events to have extra security

CLEVELAND (AP) — Thousands of runners will take to the streets for the Cleveland Marathon as officers from local, state and national law enforcement agencies provide stepped-up security in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Organizers in Cleveland said about 22,000 people registered for this weekend’s events, which include Sunday’s marathon and half-marathon and shorter affiliated races on Saturday. They draw tens of thousands of spectators.

Executive director Jack Staph has promised there will be security officers along the 26.2-mile marathon route and increased security for other races. He said there are typically around 400 officers, but this time there will be even more along with more bomb-sniffing dogs.

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