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Back to Main MenuReal Estate TransfersBack to Main MenuLocal Grocery AdsSpecial SectionsLocal AdsLagniappeThe deadly Boston Marathon explosions that ugg boots clearance ugg boots clearance trong>killed three people and injured more than 170 has touched the lives of runners throughout the world, including Ochsner Ironman 70.3 New Orleans director Bill Burke.The fifth annual 70.3 in New Orleans occurs Sunday, six days after the Boston Marathon turned horrific in the wake of the explosions, and Burke said the race staff is increasing security and urging participants to stay alert of their surroundings at the swim bike run event that starts at South ugg boots clearance Shore Harbor Marina.Burke met Tuesday with the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security, New Orleans Police Department and Ochsner Hospital to coordinator higher security to protect the 2,000 participants as well as spectators of the 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and half marathon run.One of the extra measures is a Homeland Security command center that will be instituted at the finish line with members of the Homeland Security office stationed there, Burke said.Approximately 300 to 325 EMS and swim bike run first responders will also be on the route along with 12 doctors and 24 nurses from Ochsner Health Care Systems, including extra emergency room physicians and trauma specialists.”I felt honored and flattered to be in the room with that level of first responders and have the interest and awareness of, tell us what gonna go down, and then let us tell you how we can assist,’” Burke said. “It one of the largest first responder events in the city outside of a Mardi Gras parade.”We also looking at having in the transition area some bomb sniffing dogs just as a precaution. Athletes are bringing some pretty big bags to transition, so we just want to check their bags.”Burke said he and race and city officials don’t expect anything catastrophic to occur Sunday, but they’re taking the Boston tragedy very seriously. Burke also encourages racers and spectators to stay alert of anything suspicious.”Having the additional officers onsite at the transition and the Armstrong Park areas, it definitely more presence than we had in previous years,” Burke said. “We have 2,000 athletes with 2,000 sets of eyes who can help us pay attention to anything that seems strange. As (Director for the Office of Homeland Security) Colonel Jerry Sneed said, first responders are great, but we need the citizens and athletes to also be aware of something that might look out of sorts.”To remember the victims and others affected at the Boston Marathon, the Ironman 70.3 New Orleans will observe a 12 second moment of silence before the race, equaling the length of time between the two explosions, and lower flags to half mast at the start and the swim exit.Other weekend races that are on as scheduled and implementing greater security efforts are the London Marathon, which sports a field of 36,550 runners, the Salt Lake City Marathon, and a marathon in Belgrade, Serbia.Competitor Group, the organization that puts on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series, released a statement Monday after the attacks but did not include security specifics. Competitor Group joined a nationwide ugg boots clearance movement called “Blue for Boston,” that encouraged runners to unite by wearing race shirts and the official Boston Marathon colors of blue and yellow.”We were shocked and saddened to learn of the tragedy in Boston (Monday),” the statement read. “Our hearts and thoughts are with the victims, their families and all those affected. Out of respect to the Boston Marathon and the Boston Athletic Association, we will not be providing any additional comments at this time other than to say that we are working closely with our partners, both government agencies and law enforcement, to immediately review security protocol and safety procedures in light of the tragic events of the day. We will provide more details in the coming days as we engage in this critical dialogue with respective officials in each of our partner cities across the country.”American masters champion runner and Lafayette native Kevin Castille said he knew several friends who ran as elites in Monday’s Boston Marathon and were not injured.While the shock of such a tragedy undoubtedly weighs heavily on fellow runners, Castille said the running community will not be broken, and racing must go on.”It kind of scary to think that what happened in Boston could happen anywhere,” Castille said. “But we fighters, and we gonna prove that, you did this, but it not gonna stop us from doing what we love. If we do, at the end of the day they win.”