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May 18, 2013 11:16 PM by Jessica Holley - jholley@kristv.com

Heightened Security for Beach to Bay Relay Marathon

CORPUS CHRISTI - Law enforcement stepped up security for the 38th annual Beach to Bay relay marathon in light of last month's bombing. While there were no eminent threats, it was in place to keep runner's, spectators, and our city safe from any terror.

As runners took their mark, law enforcement continued to stand on high alert. This annual relay marathon draws in a large crowd every year, so there was some concern it could be targeted like the Boston Marathon. But police say no threats were ever received.

Yet still US Marshals, the FBI, ATF agents, and various other county law enforcement made their presence known Saturday.

"I can say that all the participants all the spectators were very patient, very calm, very well manured, were very appreciative of our presence," said Captain Dave Cook ,Commander Emergency Response Unit.

Captain Cook says by the end of the day his men lost count of all the 'thank yous' they received.

Only one minor incident had his team on guard, when an abandoned bag was found by Bob Hall Pier.

"When that came in we called our resources that were out on the island at the time, they found the package, they were able to determine the package had an owner and determine the package was safe. That all happened it came to my attention and was resolved with in about 8 minutes," said Captain Cook.

Captain Cook believes beefed up security like at today race will become part of the norm.

"I think it's unfortunate that it is a result of today's environment and concerns for terrorism activity both international and domestic," said Captain Cook.

Law enforcement closely guarded the fenced in finish line Saturday. They credit the patient participants and flexible coordinators for making this year's race successful.

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