Portland Marathon to honor Boston

Runners at the 2012 Portland Marathon, as seen on their website
Runners at the 2012 Portland Marathon, as seen on their website

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The bombings at the Boston Marathon in April caused many sporting events to review security, including the Portland Marathon.

Security will be strong for the 43rd marathon as 7500 runners and walkers compete. Organizers also have a plan to find medical volunteers and race -t-shirts will honor the Boston victims — three dead and more than 100 hurt.

Runners from all 50 states and 30 countries will race through the streets on October 6. This year, 72% of the runners are from out of town.

“We work closely with the city and feds on this,” said marathon director Les Smith. “We always have.”

He said the runners will remember what happened in Boston, and they can help organizers.

“They need to turn on their instinct and be more aware what happens after a Boston,” Smith said.

The race shirts are in Boston’s colors of blue and gold with a yellow ribbon in the design with the words, “Remember Boston.” The race medals are also in blue and gold.

Race officials are also seeking more volunteers to provide immediate medical help if there is a mass emergency. Metro West Ambulance will hand out orange “First Responder” bracelets at the marathon medical booth next Friday and Saturday at the Sports Expo at the Hilton for those medically-trained people who can be on the route on race day.

“In the wake of Boston, we need to know how to identify resources if something like that was to happen,” said Metro West Ambulance’s Jan Lee.

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