Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon organizers huddle on security

CINCINNATI - Organizers of Cincinnati's upcoming Flying Pig Marathon took a new look at security plans Tuesday in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon explosions that killed three people and injured scores.

A previously planned meeting with police had added urgency, with the annual race weekend coming up May 3-5. As many as 33,000 people were expected to take part in a series of races in downtown Cincinnati highlighted by the 15th marathon Sunday morning.

The race already has extensive security and medical response plans in place, but officials will consider whether additional measures are needed, executive director Iris Simpson-Bush said.

"The safety measures and precautions have always been there," she told WLWT-TV before heading to the police meeting. "But naturally, this makes us go back and re-audit what we do."

Besides the marathon expected to draw some 5,000 runners, thousands more take part in races that include a one-mile run Friday night and children's races Saturday. The marathon takes its name from Cincinnati's winged-pig sculptures, a whimsical nod to the city's past as a pork-packing center.

Cincinnati police officials will also meet with federal authorities as the investigation continues into the Boston explosions that killed three people and injured at least 140 more.

Organizers of the Columbus Marathon and the U.S. Air Force Marathon at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base this fall said they will review security for their own events.

Among the Ohioans in Boston to run in Monday's race were former U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt, a veteran marathoner; her twin sister, Jennifer Black; the chief prosecutor for Cuyahoga County, Timothy McGinty; and Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's wife Tina. There weren't any immediate reports of Ohioans being among the injured.

"It's just terrible," said Tina Husted, who had finished the race and was in a van about a block from the finish line when she heard "this huge boom" that shook the van. She said she'll have to think about whether she will return to the Boston race, which she has completed twice.

Runner Ladd Clifford said he won't change plans to run in Cleveland's marathon next month and an Akron run this fall. The Medina resident finished his run Monday about 15 minutes before the explosions.

"There's nothing you can do about nuts like this except take your chances and hope it doesn't happen again," said Clifford, 45, who works for 3M.

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