MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin marathon organizers are planning to step up security in light of the deadly Boston Marathon explosions.
Organizers of the Crazylegs Classic in Madison discussed security during a meeting Tuesday that was scheduled before Monday's bombings. Security will be increased for the event on April 27, but organizers would not discuss specifics.
UW police Sgt. Aaron Chapin said participants might notice a greater security presence. He said they're reviewing their plans for responding to an incident.
"We also really want to make sure that we can do everything that we can to be able to have intelligence, to be able to prevent something like this," he said.
Chapin said they're asking participants to be vigilant and report suspicious activity.
The Pine Line Marathon in Medford is expecting 300 people to its marathon and other races April 27.
Sue Emmerich, president of the Medford Area Chamber of Commerce, says there will be increased security generally and there will be more bag checks.
She says they may not be in a big metropolitan area like Boston, but they are still taking precautions.Runners wonder about future marathons
Organizers at the Lakefront Marathon in Milwaukee on Oct. 6 are also thinking about security.
Spokesman Matt Braun says they will review their crisis plans, discuss the matter with law enforcement along the route, look at upgrading security at the start and finish lines and consider increased bag checks.
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