Portland Marathon dedicated to Boston Marathon victims, director says

PORTLAND, Ore. -- In light of the Boston Marathon bombings, the director of the Portland Marathon vowed our city’s October race will be “safe and secure as possible” and said finishers will receive a token in memoriam of the tragedy.

Les Smith, Portland Marathon’s event director, issued the statement on Tuesday morning. Calling the Portland Marathon a longtime supporter of the Boston Marathon, he said the bombings were “shameful, but cowardly.”

“It is heartbreaking to have such a tragedy occur at an iconic event where people come together from all over the world to run, celebrate and rejoice in the power of running,” he wrote. “This act of violence in such a venue is not only shameful, but cowardly, especially because its targets include the innocent. Indeed, everything possible should be done to capture and punish those responsible for these horrific deeds.”

The Portland Marathon is Oct. 6. Smith said officials plan to review existing safety protocols and measures “to be sure everyone feels secure and as safe as possible.” Since the Sept. 11 attacks, marathon officials have worked closely with city and state officials, the FBI and Homeland Security, he said.

The October race will be dedicated to the runners impacted by the Boston blast, he wrote, and all finishers will receive a token “that carries forward the remembrance of those who suffered in Boston.”