Security for this years' Peachtree Road Race was tighter than it has ever been before. More than 50 different law enforcement agencies came together to make sure this years' race ran without any problems.
"Obviously there is a heightened response given what happened in Boston. We do have an enhanced plan in place," said Atlanta Police Lt. Jeff Baxter.
Those who participated in Atlanta's annual Independence Day event said security was on their minds.
They remembered what happened at the Boston Marathon, but they were not worried.
"We thought about it, but we didn't let it worry us," said Rebecca Waters. "I definitely remember and said a prayer, but we're grateful they still let us do the race and not take the fun from it, but beefing up security."
Security was definitely beefed up with law enforcement from local to federal agencies.
"We've always been here at public events, usually hours or even days ahead to advance the location and put the proper things in place to deter those threats and crimes," said U.S. Marshal Jeremy Smith.
Smith and his explosive detection K-9 Wanda worked with ATF Agent Brett Bowers and his explosives K-9 named Glow.
The K-9s didn't care for the rain, but it didn't stop them from doing their jobs.
"It doesn't affect their sense to search anything. I'll tell you my dog doesn't like the rain, but she'll adapt, she'll overcome," said Bowers.
Just about every sworn officer and cadet with the Atlanta Police Department was on duty.
"Our hearts go out all those in Boston, the victims, our brothers and sisters the first responders up there," said Baxter. "They are in our hearts and minds today as we are vigilant and on duty."
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