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Boston Marathon bombing has local impact in Kalamazoo


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The terrorist bombings in Boston has killed three including an 8 year old boy, left 144 injured and a nation shaken.

Boston remains partially locked down as investigators look for the bomber or bombers, who left the explosive devices in trash cans near the finish line.

Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell says the terrorists responsible for the bombings in Boston will be captured and punished.

He says it was an awful example of ignorance and stupidity on the part of the bombers, and will just bring the nation closer together.

Hopewell works for Borgess Hospital, which is planning to host this year’s Kalamazoo Marathon in just a few weeks.

The events at the Boston Marathon are being watched closely by the organizers of the Kalamazoo Marathon.

Race Director Blaine Lam says they are prepared for just about anything. He says there is a concentration of security personnel and healthcare providers along the Marathon Route and particularly at the finish line.

This year’s Marathon is scheduled for May 5th as part of the Borgess Run for the Health Of It, which includes a number of running events that weekend.