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Safety top of mind for Park-to-Park Half Marathon

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Safety is top of mind for the first major event at George Wyth Park since an attack earlier this summer.

The nationally recognized Park-to-Park half marathon is set to kick off Saturday in Waterloo.

Towards the end of July, police say a man attacked a woman in the park's bike trails.

They say campers found the woman partially clothed in the middle of the day.

Police ramped up their patrol in the park following the attack, but the attacker has still not been found.

On Saturday, thousands of spectators and runners will join at the park for the 15th annual half marathon.

"We have folks coming from 20 different states and 150 Iowa communities," said volunteer George Clark.

Police say they will have extra patrol on Saturday; five officers dedicated to just patroling the park.

Although volunteers say they've never had an incident in all their years of the marathon, safety is still top of mind.

"I think there's certainly safety in numbers, I think with the number of people running they'll feel safe," said Clark.

Runners feel the same way.

They say they're not going to let the actions of one person stop them from what they enjoy.

"As a running community, what better way to say we're not afraid and run away," said runner Rob Harbin.

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