Grandma's Marathon to re-examine security

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Officials preparing for the Grandma's Marathon in Duluth this June say they will re-examine security after deadly bomb blasts killed at least three and injured more than 130 at the Boston Marathon on Monday, the Associated Press reported.

In a statement, Grandma's officials said they were “extremely saddened by the tragedy at the Boston Marathon."

WDIO reported that in the statement Executive Director of Grandma's Marathon Scott Keenan said, "the safety of our runners, volunteers and spectators has always been our main priority, and rest assured we will be reviewing and examining our security measures and protocols with the appropriate agencies in the coming weeks. In the wake of today's [Monday] heartbreaking news, however, we want to keep the immediate focus on those affected in Boston."

The picturesque route of the annual Grandma's Marathon, held June 22 this year, meanders along the North Shore of Lake Superior, ending in Duluth, making it a popular race for Minnesota runners. The event is limited to 10,000 participants.

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