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Runners, volunteers, and officers at Eastern Iowa marathon think of Boston


Sunday was a big day for the Rotary Club of Marion-East Cedar Rapids. Years of hard work to bring a marathon to the area finally paid off.

"We've been working on this for about two years," said Nick Glew, a member of the Rotary Club. "It was really the first marathon that we've seen in the Cedar Rapids metro area."

The crowd and runners were excited, though for many, the recent bombings in Boston lingered in their minds.

"It's so important to remember all those lives that have been lost as well as the first responders," said Pam Schulz, of Marion. "Everyone who's been involved and being part of a marathon the week after is a special event and I just wanted to make sure they were a part of who I thought about today."

The Boston bombings were also on the minds of the Marion Police Department, who brought more security for the race than they originally planned. That included two K9 explosives units, one from Marion and a borrowed crew from the University of Iowa.

 "(There was) nothing out of the ordinary," said Terry Kearney, Marion Police Sergeant. "Just wanted to do it for the peace of mind of everyone involved."

For many, the increased presence did provide that peace of mind.

"I've seen lots of Marion police out here, saw the K9 dogs out here," said Schultz. "I'm not worried about security at all today."

Instead, runners were able to focus on the race and the cause they were supporting.

The Marion Rotary Marathon for Shoes was created to help fund the club's Shoes for Kids program.

"We've been able to put shoes on the feet of students in Linn County that don't have appropriate footwear," said Glew. 

The club isn't sure how much money they raised but they're already planning on having another marathon next year.

Nearly 1,000 people registered to run Sunday. More than half the group ran a half marathon and several groups split the full marathon route as a relay team.

250 people ran the full marathon.

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