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CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston
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Houston Marathon, 2013 (Photo Credit: Houston Marathon/Facebook)

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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Houston city officials as well as Houston Marathon organizers sent their condolences to those affected by the bombings at the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon.

In the wake of the bombings, city officials and marathon organizers in Houston are restructuring security plans as well as plans of action in the event of an emergency.

The Houston Marathon is an annual marathon held every January in Houston, with thousands of runners and spectators drawn to the event. The marathon is also the largest single day sporting event in the city.

The marathon which is run concurrently with a half marathon and a 5 km race, is about two thirds the size of the race in Boston. The first marathon which was run on December 30, 1972, featured just a little over 100 runners and a crowd of approximately 200 people.

Knowing that the planning of a major sporting event can be challenging in terms of safety for the pubic, race and Homeland Security officials in Houston say they have been practicing and sharpening security tactics with the use of exercises in which an attack of some kind leads to significant death and destruction. Officials say that the key to effective security measures is planning in advance for tragedy.

After the bombings at the Boston Marathon, Chevron Marathon organizers met with the Houston Fire Department and officials with the Department of Homeland Security to discuss key and essential security measures.

Back in January more than 25,000 people took part in the 2013 Chevron Houston Marathon.

Marathon organizers in Houston also added that the Houston Police Department provides tremendous assistance in making security paramount. No word was released on Monday about organizers or law enforcement sectors changing anything, with respect to security for the Houston marathon in 2014. Click here to learn more about Houston’s marathon.

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