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Anchor Notices Changes at Pittsburgh Marathon

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An estimated 27-thousand athletes joined in the annual Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday, among them 12News Today anchor Kara Coleman.  Security was tight along the route in light of the recent bombings at the Boston marathon.

About 475 police and homeland security officers guarded the route through Pittsburgh neighborhoods. They did investigate some suspicious packages, but the race went off safely. 

Kara Coleman, who ran the half marathon, told us the change in security was evident but did not diminish race day.  "Backpacks were not allowed, runners were given clear plastic bags instead," said Coleman, "the changes were small but let you know they were doing something to keep things safe." 

Coleman also said support for Boston could be seen everywhere.  "What you did notice on the course...people with stickers, saying Boston strong, or running for Boston." Racers picking up their registration packets on Saturday could write on a big wall about why they were running, Coleman told us most of the messages were about Boston. 

As we reported last week, Erie area swat officers were part of the team providing support on race day in Pittsburgh.

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