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Security Tightened for Columbus Events

Updated: Tuesday, April 30 2013, 08:18 PM EDT
COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia/Ken Hines) -- The recent attack at the Boston Marathon is leading Columbus city leaders to ratchet up security for big weekend events in the city.

Saturday's Cap City Half-Marathon will bring approximately 14,000 participants to Downtown Columbus, while the largest graduating class in OSU history will receive diplomas during Saturday's ceremony inside Ohio Stadium, where President Obama will deliver the commencement address.

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman said runners and spectators will see an increased police presence at the half-marathon, along with bomb units and security cameras and towers.

"We are there to protect and serve," Mayor Coleman said. "Be watchful, but enjoy."

Cap City race directors said they have been working with Homeland Security and other law enforcement agencies to ensure top-notch security for the event.

"We want people here to know we are prepared," race director David Babner said. "They should be assured, and not alarmed, by extra security measures."

Preparations for OSU's graduation should go smoothly as well, thanks in no small part to the 2012 campaign, during which President Obama made 5 visits to the school's campus. City and university officials drew from those experiences to develop a proven security plan for presidential appearances.Security Tightened for Columbus Events


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