As racers took to the starting line of the Glass City Marathon on Sunday morning, all in attendance observed a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The National Anthem was sung.
The Boston attack, which occurred less than two weeks ago, is still fresh on the minds of local runners competing in northwest Ohio's biggest marathon.
Participants saw a strong police presence along the entire route. Vice President Chris Cunningham said his race director for the marathon contacted police from all five jurisdictions the runners will move through, in order to insure the marathon would be safe.
"There are multiple marathons every weekend. For something like this to happen is obviously a tragedy, but the chances of it happening again are so slim," said Cunningham.
The Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon began at 7 a.m. at the University of Toledo with more than 7,000 participants.
The marathon went through Toledo, Ottawa Hills, Sylvania and Sylvania Township and finished at the Glass Bowl at the University of Toledo.
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