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Security to be increased for Pat’s Run in Tempe

Pat's Run, 2011. (Photo by Rosie Gochnour)

TEMPE — Authorities say security for Pat’s Run this weekend in Tempe will be enhanced in light of the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

Tempe police on Monday wouldn’t go into specifics about the security measures they’re taking for Saturday’s event.

But they do say that they’re bringing in more personnel.

Phoenix TV station KTVK reports more than 35,000 people are expected to attend the ninth annual Pat’s Run. That includes runners, spectators and volunteers.

The Tempe Police Department typically has 32 officers at the event in addition to Arizona State University police and officers from other agencies.

Pat’s Run honors the memory of former ASU and Arizona Cardinals player Pat Tillman.

He left football to join the elite Army Rangers and died by friendly fire in Afghanistan in April 2004.

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