In the wake of the Boston bombings, Montgomery Police say they are beefing up security for the Breast Cancer Walk of Life this weekend.
The Boston Marathon was rocked when two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing at least three and injuring more than 180 people. With the Walk of Life 5k in Montgomery coming up, founder Joy Blondheim says Montgomery Police are offering extra assistance.
"The minute the tragedy happened in Boston, Chief Murphy and the Police Department reached out to my husband and said that they were going to beef up security because we do have thousands out there," says Blondheim.
Montgomery Public Safety Director Chris Murphy says his top priority is protecting the thousands of spectators and participants. He tells us although Montgomery Police have no direct intelligence and no specific reason to increase security, they are doing so as a result of the Boston attacks.
"We want to do two things," says Murphy. "We want to make sure we have a safe environment for the runners and the spectators and everybody involved. And we also want to send a sense of comfort to those who are coming out."
Those who plan on attending say the extra security is much needed.
"There are definitely always copycats," says Montgomery resident Chloe Cruz. "In any massacre, in any country or whatever, someone's definitely trying to imitate."
Now a days, anything is possible," says Regina Davis. "You can not say what these people will not do and what they will do."
But some say race participants shouldn't be intimidated by the recent tragedy in Boston.
"I don't think that we need to change our lifestyle whatsoever and fall prey to all this," says Montgomery resident Donna Cox. "I think we just need to keep doing what we're doing but it would help I think peoples' feelings to know that the police are beefing up little bit."
Public Safety Director Chris Murphy says as always, if you see any suspicious activity at the Walk of Life, report it to a nearby police officer or call 911.