Local race director 'horrified' by events in Boston

By Audrey Williams

April 15, 2013 Updated Apr 16, 2013 at 4:27 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- The race director for local events like the Steamboat Classic and the Komen Race for the Cure said he is horrified by Monday's events.

Philip Lockwood said at the Race for the Cure there is about 30,000 participants and spectators.

He said this event adds an extra element, as organizers plan for emergencies at major events.

"We can't stop living. Those of us responsible for conducting events need to make sure that people feel comfortable and are still motivated to participate. Beyond what happened, normally the finish line of a marathon is supposed to be a place for euphoria and celebration, so when something like this happens it makes it so much worse," he said.

Lockwood said in this day and age, everyone needs to vigilant of their surroundings, even in a smaller city like Peoria.

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