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Runner reacts to increased security measures announced for Peachtree Road Race

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Runners react to the changes coming to the Peachtree Road Race. The race will look different for runners and spectators in the wake of the Boston bombings.

Michael McFadden is one of roughly 60,000 people who will run the race this year. He planned to run in the historic race no matter what, and welcomes the increased security.

"One thing, I'm not going to let fear stop me from doing something I enjoy every year and that's running the Peachtree Road Race," McFadden said.

This will be McFadden's fourth year running the race. He admits the bombings in Boston stirred up emotions, and he applauds the City of Atlanta for announcing tighter security measures and the willingness to invest in safety.

"Not only does it make us feel comfortable as runners that our city is looking out for our better interest and our safety, it also gives a message to the terrorists out there that this won't happen in my city and we're going to make it as challenging as we can as a city and a country to say no, not on our turf," McFadden said. 

McFadden believes there is a special significance to the race, which is held each year on Independence Day. He knows this year may hold new challenges for both authorities and participants.

"I'm not worried about the inconvenience. If an extra stop for about 10 minutes just for extra searches or security to make me feel safe, that's fine with me. I hear people say all the time that it's an inconvenience. When there's a difference between an inconvenience and not being able to see the next day, so if that's the case, let's put in every check we can," McFadden said.

The race will honor the victims in Boston, a move McFadden said will inspire him to run with more meaning.

"At the end of this 10k there will be an extra tear shed for all of the victims in Boston," McFadden said.

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