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Decatur run keeping safety in mind ahead of annual 5K

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DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Organizers of races in North Alabama are reassessing their security needs after the Boston Marathon bombings. The Hospice of the Valley 5K is stepping things up. The group is determined to have a good turnout in Decatur because it's such a major part of their funding.

"Even if we wouldn't have had the event in Boston we always coordinate with police," said Hospice of the Valley CEO Debbie Heard. Heard is putting an extra emphasis on safety and security as she prepares for hundreds of runners and onlookers to gather in Decatur for Saturday's run.  

"I have the up most confidence in the Decatur Police Department," said Heard. "We rode the course with them on Monday."

Heard acknowledged it's impossible not to think about the Boston Marathon tragedy as they prepare for their race. But they hope the images and fear the terrorist attack doesn't stop runners from turning out at the 5-k.

"We go out in the schools to do grief groups for children and teens and we do all that at no charge," said Heard. "These funds we make from this fund make that possible."

Hospice of the Valley is dedicating their run in honor of the Boston victims. The theme of the run is celebrating life and Heard plans on doing exactly that on Saturday. 

If you're interested in running in the 5K, you can sign up here: http://bit.ly/ZYQbyp  

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