Registrations soar for the Portland Marathon

Registrations soar for the Portland Marathon
Items are left at a makeshift memorial near the finish line of Monday's Boston Marathon explosions, which killed at least three and injured more than 140, Thursday, April 18, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Marathon always attracts a lot of runners but organizers say the number of people registering for the race has increased quite a bit since the bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon.

The Portland Marathon is coming up in October and on average about 50 people have been signing up every day for the past month or so - until this week. Organizers say that number has tripled and quadrupled since Monday's tragedy.

Here are a few of the comments organizers say they have received via e-mail and social media:

"I came to watch my friend compete in the 2013 Boston Marathon and witnessed her finish the event, as well as the bombing which took place about 10 minutes later. I want to return to the sport of marathoning and I hope to eventually qualify for Boston so I can return to honor the runners, their families and supporters, and the good people of Boston. The marathon (for me) is about strength, endurance and the ability to overcome." - Gabrielle

"I was on the fence about running this year's Portland Marathon, but after yesterday's terrorist act at Boston I'm fully committed to running my third Portland this year. And my heart truly goes out to those murdered and injured, their families, the EMS, police and firefighters, plus my brother and sister runners!" - Lonnie

"I have new 'meaning' in running Portland now, rather than just to set a new PR, which certainly seems much less important. Support to all the families and victims and running community." - Suzanne

This year's Portland Marathon is being dedicated to the victims of the bombings at the Boston Marathon. The marathon is also selling t-shirts for $30 to raise money for the victims' families.

And of special note - anyone who participated in the Boston Marathon on Monday and was not able to finish will be offered a discount on registration for the Portland Marathon.