Thousands to participate in Boston Marathon amid tight security

Security has been boosted at every point in the race.

Some 36,000 runners from 70 countries take part Monday in the 118th Boston Marathon. Security is tight at the event, following last year’s bombings near the finish line that killed three and wounded more than 260. 

An estimated one million people are expected to line the 42.2-kilometer route, from the town of Hopkinton east to Boston’s Boylston Street.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick told CBS television on Sunday that the added security measures would assure a "very safe" atmosphere.
The Boston police department has erected 8,000 steel barricades, 1,200 more than last year.

In last year\’s race two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and wounding more than 260.
Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, is due to stand trial in November. He has pleaded not guilty to 30 charges, including 17 that carry the death penalty.
Source: Agencies
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