George Washington Parkway Classic security increases; runners keep Boston in mind

"We are all Boston Marathoners at heart" - at GW Parkway Classic. Photo: Brianne Carter/ABC7

Security was stepped up at Sunday's George Washington Parkway Classic, officials say, in the wake of the terror attack on the Boston Marathon.

As the new motto "Boston Strong" echoed along the edges of the course, extra layers of security spread throughout the George Washington Parkway Classic 10-mile race Sunday.

Security cameras, SWAT teams, K-9 units, and a mobile command post offered much needed comfort for racers. As runners poured through Alexandria, police officers seemed to be mile markers.

And sealed garbage cans came as an eerie reminder that those in Boston still suffer.

For some, finishing the race was a way to show compassion. For others, a chance to show they're not afraid.

ABC7's Whitney Wild talks with runners and spectators.

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