Runners didn't mind seeing the added security at Pat's Run

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by Ryan O'Donnell

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Posted on April 20, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 22 at 7:23 AM

PHOENIX -- There was added security out at Pat's Run on Saturday morning.

One really cool feature was a portable camera so the police could get a bird's eye view of all the runners and everybody at the run to make sure it’s safe.

After talking with some of the runners, they didn't seem to mind to see the added security.
 
“It's better to have them out here and not need them than to need them and not have them, so I appreciate everything that they do for us and that includes them giving us high fives and waving us on, all the better,” said runner Nick Thurnbeck.
 
Worried about a possible attack, ASU Police, Tempe Police and the FBI all stepped up their game, including bringing out bomb sniffing dogs.
 
“Doesn't bother me, it's not very intrusive or evasive so it's a small, small price to pay. We have tremendous freedoms in this country, it's a very, very small price,” said Bruce Selim who just got back from running in the Boston Marathon.

Selim was on mile 25 when the two explosions went off.

“This is helpful to come here with the crowd and to be a part of it and just stand up for what we are as a country, I needed to be here I wouldn't miss this for the world and I won't miss the Boston Marathon next year either," he said.
 
In lieu of Monday's Boston Marathon bombings, most runners didn't mind seeing a bigger police presence.
 
“Not at all, given the events that happened in Boston, I think it's a testament to the will of runners that are here doing it to make us stronger,” said runner Laura Billups.
 
When the race ended, police had no incidents to report.

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