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Missoula Marathon registration surges after Boston attack

By Will Wadley, KECI Weekend Anchor, wwadley@keci.com
Published On: Apr 19 2013 07:03:43 PM MDT
Updated On: May 23 2013 09:28:59 AM MDT
MISSOULA, Mont. -

Planners for the 2013 Missoula marathon say they're reviewing security plans in light of what happened in Boston, but since the attack, they say they've actually seen a surge in registration.

Race director Anders Brooker said several people have told him they're running now with a goal of qualifying for next year's Boston Marathon.

"People have actually been more passionate, and have reached to say, 'hey, we want to come run your event, because we want to let people know that this isn't going to stop us from doing what we love,'” said Brooker. “We've actually received a few emails in the last few days where people have said they want to come run the event so they can qualify for Boston, because they want to go to Boston next year."

Brooker said running - especially in marathons - is about perseverance and overcoming obstacles, and he attributes that to why registration has picked up after the attack. 

2013 is the first year planners have placed a cap on registration for the races. Brooker said, of the 1,500 spots for the marathon distance race, only 300 are left. For more information on how to register, click here.