Participants and fans at next weekend's Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon will be able to show their support for their fellow runners and victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Three people were killed in Monday's attack. The twin bombings, which also injured nearly 170 people, were centered near the finish line of the iconic Boston race.
The Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon is set for Sunday, April 28 at the University of Toledo's Glass Bowl. The day's races will kick off with a moment of silence to remember Boston.
"With our Marathon coming so soon after the horrific events of the Boston Marathon, we have a special responsibility to remember those affected by the bombings while honoring the bond of runners everywhere," said race director Clint McCormick.
A banner commemorating the unity between the Glass City and Boston races will greet those inside the Glass Bowl. Runners will also be given commemorative wristbands with the words "Runners United" and in the blue and yellow colors of the Boston Marathon. Runners are encouraged to wear the wristbands for this and future races.
Law enforcement teams from the city of Toledo, Ottawa Hills, Sylvania Township, city of Sylvania, and the University of Toledo have reviewed all security measures to help ensure the safety of all runners and spectators. Those safety measures will be continuously reviewed as race day approaches.
"Wear yellow and blue in solidarity with the Boston Marathon," said McCormick. "But more important, come out and support the participants of the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon and their families and friends along the route. It will means a great deal to all the runners."