St Petersburg to host St Anthony's Triathlon in less than 2weeks - WFLA News Channel 8

St Petersburg to host St Anthony's Triathlon in less than 2 weeks

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ST PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -

Just two weeks after the Boston Marathon bombings, St. Petersburg will host the St.Anthony's Triathlon.

During the two day event, 3500 athletes will splash, run, and bike their way through downtown St. Petersburg.

Runner Karen Anthony said she doesn't think the athletes should be concerned about security.

"I think it's a little far removed, I'm not worried about it I think the city of St. Pete is really great with all the security, fire and police and everything, so I'm sure they'll have everything under control," said Anthony.

Police already have a big presence at the annual triathlon. It requires a lot of manpower because it involves a large area of the city for a long period of time. St. Petersburg Police chief Chuck Harmon planned a security meeting to discuss the triathlon, but police say they still have to assess what happened in Boston, before they can determine if they need to take additional steps here.

St. Anthony's organizers released this statement saying: "We always work closely with law enforcement to plan and provide security for the event. We are constantly reviewing our security procedures and are doing so now in light of the events in Boston.

However, we do not share details out of concern for the effectiveness of our security.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected in Boston."

Runner Branimir Damjanovic says the Boston tragedy won't keep him from participating in any race. " It wouldn't keep me out of it. You wouldn't stop a runner's spirit, they're always going to run," said Damjanovic.

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