Sunday’s Tacoma City Marathon will mark the start of the heart of the South Sound running season. Thirty-five days and four events will draw more than 11,000 participants.
After the Boston Marathon bombing, all the runs are taking extra precautions and making plans to pay tribute to those affected by the blasts.
• Capital City Marathon, May 19.
More than 2,000 participants are expected for the 32nd running of Olympia’s largest race.
Organizers are meeting with city, county and state law enforcement officials regarding security details, race director Nona Snell said. Runners and spectators will see more security around the finish area at Sylvester Park.
On the event website, race officials state, “We will run and walk in their (Boston bombing victims) memory and will not allow fear to deter us.”
The marathon Association plans to provide black ribbons to all runners and volunteers and will collect donations for One Fund Boston, a fundraising effort for those affected by the bombing.
• Rainier to Ruston, June 1.
More than 1,000 runners are expected to run 50 miles alone or as part of a relay team. The course starts near the Carbon River entrance to Mount Rainier National Park and winds through various towns before finishing in Ruston.
“I don’t want to talk about the specifics of our security, but to say that we are going to be hypersensitive would be an understatement,” race director Richard Pasquier said.
Organizers will determine May 9 how the race will pay tribute to those killed and injured in Boston.
• Sound to Narrows, June 8.
Danette Felt, director of the South Sound’s oldest race, has met with law enforcement officials to determine how security will change for the race.
The 41-year-old race has various routes – the longest is almost 7.5 miles – and draws more than 6,000 participants. There will be extra security patrols and even the portable toilets will be locked the day before the race, Felt said.
Race officials encourage runners to put their hands over their hearts as they cross the finish line, a gesture gaining popularity worldwide as a way to pay tribute to Boston bombing victims.
There will be a moment of silence and Felt said organizers might establish other tributes as event preparations continue.