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Organizers of Charleston Marathon, Cooper River Bridge Run to expand security

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(AP Photo/The Boston Globe, John Tlumacki). Bill Iffrig, 78, lies on the ground as police officers react to a second explosion at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, John Tlumacki). Bill Iffrig, 78, lies on the ground as police officers react to a second explosion at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013.

Chris O'leary is training to run his first marathon in a few months.

His wife is from Boston, Mass., where bombings claimed the lives of at least three people and injured more than 170 during the Boston Marathon Monday.

He says it will not keep him from his upcoming race.

"This makes me want to do the marathon more, not less," he said Tuesday. "I'm not going to be deterred. I think there's lot of other people that aren't gonna be deterred either and next year, I'm gonna run the Boston Marathon, too."

Around 27,000 runners participated in the Boston Marathon Monday, while 40,000 participated in this year's Cooper River Bridge Run.

Organizers of both the Bridge Run and Charleston Marathon say they will be taking another look at security coverage for next year's events.

"We have a large amount of people in a concentrated area so that immediately, especially since 9-11, that goes to the top of the list," said CRBR Board Chairman Larry Schrecker.

Organizers say expanding security will take work from multiple agencies. Meanwhile, runners will continue working toward their next race.

"I think you have to just have faith and go forward and not let the terrorists win," said Connie Rink, of Mt. Pleasant.

"I've got 23-years active duty in the Navy, so I've seen the whole gamut from 9/11, the war in Iraq and wars in Afghanistan," O'Leary said, "and the worst thing you can do is be afraid and avoid stuff like this."

Here is the full statement from Charleston Marathon Executive Director Liz Alford:

"We at the Charleston Marathon are devastated by the tragic and senseless acts that occurred yesterday in Boston. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the runners, the victims and their families. Not only has it affected the community of Boston, but it has shocked the entire running community. In wake of the events yesterday in Boston, as we ramp up planning for the January 2014 Charleston Marathon, we will work closely with the local Charleston and N. Charleston Police, Fire and EMS agencies to review and enhance our safety and security plans. The safety of our participants, spectators and volunteers is our number one priority." 

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