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Law enforcement remains extra vigilant at Mt. Lemmon Marathon

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MT. LEMMON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Law enforcement kept a watchful eye on Sunday as hundreds of marathon runners crossed the finish line at Mount Lemmon.

Pima County Sheriff's Officials say they have the normal amount of patrol deputies working the marathon but they are being extra vigilant.

Deputies are on high alert as runners race in Mt. Lemmon's annual marathon less than 2 weeks after the Boston Marathon Bombings.

"It really didn't cross my mind," said one runner. "I felt super safe with everyone here."

"More sheriff's than people it seemed like," said another runner.

It may have seemed that way but there were actually 400 runners and 11 deputies.

Sgt. Costaki Manoles with the Pima County Sheriff's Dept. says they did not beef up their staffing but all deputies did discuss what to look out for before starting their shift.

"We talked about the events in Boston and to look for suspicious packages," said Manoles. "Anything out of the ordinary. Cars that didn't look like they belong or anyone that didn't look like they were part of the event."

Security wasn't a concern for many people but one thing is clear. The support for Boston is enormous.

"Really my reaction was to show support and to participate in as many running events as possible," said Amy Mendoza, a marathon runner.

Many people showed their support for the city by wearing Boston attire.

"It's unfortunate what happened to them. But as runners, as athletes, we have to push on and continue to move forward," said Lydia Kennedy, a volunteer.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department reported no problems at today's event.

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