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Local 5K Organizers Speak Up About Future Runs, Security

Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Moving forward is what many families affected by the explosions in Boston are trying to do. NewsWest 9 spoke with local organizers of two upcoming 5K's in the Tall City, who say it never crossed their mind to cancel their events.

"It didn't cross our mind to cancel the event. If anything, we are going to continue the event in honor of the Boston Marathon," Mary Thompson, Organizer for The Midland Zombie Run, said.  

"If we wind up canceling and changing our way of living then these people have won, so it didn't occur to us," Rachel Stone, President of the Midland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said.

Both event organizers NewsWest 9 spoke to say they were shocked when they heard about the explosions during the Boston Marathon.

Thompson is organizing the first Zombie Run in the Tall City. She says that even before the incident in Boston, she had contacted Midland College to provide security, but in light of what happened on Monday afternoon, she thinks more security might be needed.

"After last (Monday) night's events, we contacted a Captain and asked him if we could have additional security at race side and they said absolutely, and then we have EMS on standby and everybody is ready to go," Thompson said.

Thompson is not the only organizer thinking of beefing up security. 

Stone told NewsWest 9 they are planning the "Tall City Splash Run," she says the event will be in conjunction with the Mex-Tex Family Fiesta where 10,000 people are expected to attend, therefore, security is number one on their priority list.

"We ourselves the Hispanic Chamber have taken quite a bit of measures in making sure that not only the race, but the entire event is safe. Security is one of the most important things to us," Stone said. 

Simona Rivas is an avid runner who has dedicated the last 18 years of her life to running races. She tells NewsWest 9 that although Monday's events were tragic, it won't stop her from running future marathons.

"No, its not gonna change my mind about running or running more events. I can't live in fear, we can't let them stop us from enjoying life everyday," Rivas said.

Both event organizers told NewsWest 9, they hope this tragic event doesn't stop anyone from running future marathons.

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