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Local running groups affected by events in Boston

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Louisiana Running Company, Mid-City Louisiana Running Company, Mid-City

Members of the running community in New Orleans were personally affected by the attack in Boston. Several local running groups say they had members participating in the marathon.

The Louisiana Running Company in Mid-City holds a nightly jog through City Park. Monday evening, the foremost thought on everyone's minds was the tragic events in Boston earlier in the day.

"I mean, no words. It's horrible. I hope they find out who did it," said runner Wade Kodrin.

Bridget Johnson added, "My heart just sank because people from all across the globe participate in the marathon and to have something so tragic happen, it was just unbelievable."

About ten runners from this group are in Boston for the marathon. They're all ok. But so many other people aren't. It's those people that this group paused to think about, in a moment of silence, before their nightly run.

A number of these New Orleans runners will participate in the Ironman Triathlon being held Sunday in New Orleans.

Bill Burke, director of the race says, "Do I need to have more motorcycles on the course to just look at things that could potentially be happening? I mean, we're talking about a race that covers 70 miles. We're certainly going to talk to EMS today, we're going to talk to police today, to fire today, to talk about, you guys need to be ready and be on alert because who knows potentially what we're looking at."

Burke put on the New York City Triathlon just three weeks after the September 11th terrorist attacks. That race was drastically changed with increased security and strict rules in place for athletes. He wonders what this attack will do to future races across the country saying, "Like how 9/11 changed our lives forever with traveling to and from an airport, this could change our lives how we just participate in just simple sporting events."

Even if security is beefed up in the future and the culture of sporting events change, these runners say no one can stop them from doing what they love.

"Runners have a strange mind set and we just keep running, that's just what we do. some many people run...and that's what we'll do, we'll just keep running and they can try to catch us, but I don't think they will," said Julie Hernandez.

A few thousand people are expected to participate in the Ironman Triathlon this weekend in New Orleans, many of them coming from out of town for the event. Bill Burke doesn't think anyone will cancel their travel plans, but he does think they'll be looking for that extra security along the route, after the events in Boston.

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