With 25,000 Runners Headed to Miami Next Week, Police Scramble to Up Security After Boston Bombs

The morning after two bombs ripped through the crowd near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and wounding at least 145, there's little new information about who staged the attack or why. That makes the job of Miami police, who have to protect 25,000 runners pouring into town for the Mercedez-Benz Corporate Run in a little more than a week, all the more difficult.

MDPD has promised to increase security and "continue monitoring the situation," while the race's organizers are asking police: "Is this something that could happen here?"

"It's hard to say how this will affect things," Hans Huseby, who organizes the run with his wife, Laurie, tells the Miami Herald this morning. "I don't want to start thinking in terms of what I call airplane novels -- the cheap, blow-'em-up, shoot-'em-up thrillers. On the other hand, I have to sit down with the Miami Police Department and say, 'What do you guys think?'"

There's not much new information out of Boston this morning as police and federal agents work to uncover the source of the attack.

The casualty toll has risen to three, including Martin Richard, an 8-year-old boy from nearby Ashmont, Massachusetts, who was waiting with his mother and sister for his father to finish the race. As many as 17 others are in critical condition, and many have lost limbs.

Officials have no primary suspect, and no one has claimed responsibility yet, though police did reportedly search a home in Revere, Massachusetts, last night. (Regarding those reports from the New York Post and elsewhere about a Saudi national in custody: Turns out he was a student tackled by a bystander for the "suspicious" activity of running away from the bombs; he's cooperating with police.)

Huseby and Miami police aren't the only ones scrambling to review security plans. The massive London Marathon is scheduled for later this week, and authorities there are also revising their game plan for the event. Marathons, of course, are a particularly tricky event to protect, with thousands of runners and fans spread across 26 miles of urban territory.

Here's what MDPD had to say in a statement, sent to Riptide and other media outlets:

"We are aware of the incident in Boston, Massachusetts, and are working vigilantly with our regional partners in law enforcement at the local, state and federal level. We have increased our security measures in those areas and sites deemed as critical infrastructures and will continue to monitor the situation."
We'll keep this post updated today as new information comes to light.

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Tim Elfrink is a former investigative reporter and managing editor for Miami New Times. He has won the George Polk Award and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
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