Organizers of the April 28 Glass City Marathon in Toledo, the Cleveland Marathon next month, and 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.
Darris Blackford, Columbus Marathon director who ran in Boston on Monday, said expect an increased police and bomb squad presence, areas cordoned off and restrictions on placing items in the race area. The race is expected to draw 18,000 runners and walkers.
"I worry about these things all the time," Blackford said. "I am up nights scared about these kinds of things, because we have thousands of lives at stake in our events as well. It sickens me and it's discouraging."
"Runner and spectator safety is always a top priority for any marathon," Glass City race director Clint McCormick said in a statement. He said security is being coordinated among eight police departments.
Ohio's attorney general said Tuesday that the explosions are a reminder that major events are targets and also of the times that we live in.
"When you have a high-profile event, the odds of a problem certainly go up, whether it is the Boston Marathon or the Super Bowl or a big football game," Attorney General Mike DeWine told reporters. ". . . It's a different world we live in, and in your lifetime and my lifetime, it's not going to change. We're going to have to be vigilant."
The State Highway Patrol and Ohio Homeland Security are urging residents to be alert about anyone or anything that looks out of place - an abandoned backpack or an individual trying to breach a secure area, for instance - and to report anything suspicious to authorities by calling the #677 hotline or, if it's urgent, 911.
"Probably the greatest challenge we've got is overcoming complacency," said Col. John Born, the patrol superintendent.
Among 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.
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.