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Two big marathons for the tri-state are less than three weeks away, one on Long Island, the other in New Jersey. Brian Thompson has more on how the terror attack in Boston is raising security concerns along the Jersey shore.
In the wake of Monday's bombings in Boston, security concerns have been heightened for the upcoming New Jersey and Long Island marathons.
Both marathons are still set to proceed as scheduled on Sunday, May 5.
On Wednesday, Nassau County officials will meet to discuss security preparations for the Long Island event, which is largely run on the Meadowbrook Parkway between Jones Beach in Wantagh and Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.
County Executive Edward Mangano declined to comment on whether officials are considering altering the route because of security concerns, but vowed security would be increased.
He said state officials will also be involved in security planning since the Meadowbrook is a state-owned highway.
The New Jersey Marathon runs through eight communities, from Oceanport to Ocean Grove, before finishing at the Long Branch boardwalk.
Several police departments along the route of the race said they were making plans to ramp up security for the event.
Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden said Tuesday that precautionary planning for security at the marathon was being taken very seriously and that his office was "working with all our law enforcement agencies and state agencies."