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Duluth police boost security for Grandma's Marathon

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DULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- Duluth police are boosting security for Saturday's Grandma's Marathon, following the Boston Marathon bombing in April.

Lt. Eric Rish tells the Duluth News Tribune that the Boston bombing changed his department's approach and officers are doing anything that's reasonable to boost security.

He says more officers will be visible, along with more cameras on the course. Runners will have to show photo identification when they pick up their racing packets on Friday.

Rish also says fans and runners will be barred from bringing bags to the starting area, and fans won't be able to carry bags into stands at the finish line. Runners will receive clear plastic bags for their belongings when they board transportation to the starting area.

Races nationwide have boosted security since the Boston bombing.

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