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Wednesday
Apr172013

London Marathon Will Go Off as Scheduled Sunday

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Great Britain has no plans to cancel the annual London Marathon scheduled for Sunday.

Security concerns have been heightened in London following the bombings at Monday's Boston Marathon that left three people dead and injured 176 others.

But while the race will attract 35,000 runners and draw millions of spectators, London Marathon organizers said on Tuesday that the 26-mile-plus race "will go ahead as originally scheduled."

Marathon chief executive Nick Bitel asserted, "We want to reassure our runners, spectators, volunteers and everyone connected with the event that we are doing everything to ensure their safety."

London's Metropolitan Police and the race organizers are currently reviewing security procedures that were already tight to begin with.

The city has ramped up security since the July 7, 2005 attacks on London's transportation system that killed 54 people and wounded over 700 others.  Four of the bombers also died in the terrorist assault.

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