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Kansas City Marathon organizers react to deadly blasts in Boston

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Boston police report that two people were killed and nearly two dozen injured following two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday.

In just a few months, Kansas City will host its own marathon.  Organizers say Monday's tragic events in Boston could change the way local organizers do things in Kansas City.

The Kansas City Marathon is a wildly popular event, and, sadly, because of terrorist attacks both domestically and otherwise, plans need to be in place to deal with a catastrophic situation.

Local organizers of the race say they were working hard on the plans for this year's marathon when they heard the news out of Boston.

They say they were just as shocked as the rest of the nation and will certainly consider tweaking any plans based on what we learn from Boston.

In the meantime, organizers say Kansas City police, along with the city and other emergency crews, are all in on the plans months ahead of the race.

Organizers expect 11,000 runners to hit the streets for the Kansas City Marathon coming up on Oct. 19.

Organizers for other marathons are taking a closer look at their security.

The Olathe Garmin Marathon will be held Saturday.  The London Marathon takes place Sunday where more than 37,000 runners usually compete.

London has long been considered a top target for international terrorists.

Police there say they are working with marathon officials to review security plans for Sunday's race.

A number of people from the Kansas City area ran in the Boston Marathon on Monday.  In total, 139 runners are from Kansas, and 207 runners are from Missouri.

Of those runners, 145 people are from the metro.

One man on the Kansas City police force has run the Boston Marathon in the past.

Maj. Rick Lockhart has run all 26.2 miles, and he says as a police officer, he noticed vulnerable points along the route.

"When you look at something like a road race, there is no central gate where everyone comes in to watch. So, it is a very open thing, and it would be very difficult to try and secure it and keep people out," Lockhart said.  "And so, it is like many events in our country where it is just very difficult to keep evil people from getting in and doing something evil."

Two other runners from the Kansas City area are currently in their hotel rooms at Copley Square in Boston.

Herschel Davis had just crossed the finish line and was walking back to his hotel when the explosions happened.

He says the second one blasted nearly 15 to 20 seconds after the first.

His friend, Ashley Degen, says this is the fourth year in a row attending the Boston Marathon. Chillingly, she recalls standing right there near the finish line last year, as a spectator because she was too pregnant to run.

Davis and Degen are there with 30 other metro runners in their group, and they say everyone has been accounted for.

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