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Greenville Police Continue To Keep Runners In The Upstate Safe

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From plaques on the wall to the mug Michael Burchett drinks his morning coffee out of, it's clear running is his passion.

"I've run in a few marathons but I'm not fast enough to quality for Boston," Burchett said.

As president of the Greenville Track Club Burchett was excited for the runners that qualified for the Boston marathon.

"We have several people up there running I was mainly concerned with how they did in the race never thought for their safety," Burchett said.

But that all changed as Burchett watched the news unfold, two bombings injuring more than 100 people at the marathon finish line.

So Burchett quickly got in touch with one of his runners.

"He was a block away from the scene and at the time it happened it was absolute chaos," Burchett said.

The Greenville Track Club organizes runs like the Reedy River Run.

The club works closely with Greenville Police to keep runners in the upstate safe.

Chief Teri Wilfong says officers are trained and know what to look for in large crowds.

 "Like at parades you'll notice officers don't watch the parade they watch the crowd which is what we want them to do," Chief Wilfong said.

Police will shut down the area at least 24 hours before an event starts to secure it.

Wilfong says they also rely on your help.

"If you see a package or you see something out of place make sure you call," Wilfong said.

Burchett is heartbroken by the news, but is confident marathon runners will band together to help.

"We do stick together we do have a very family like atmosphere," Burchett said.

The Greenville track club will still host the earth day half marathon on Saturday April 20th.

Greer police tell us security will be conducted the same as it is every year.

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