WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Lane Custer made the last minute decision to run Monday's Boston Marathon.
"It's kind of been a delayed response for me," Custer said. "At the time you're more in shock."
Tuesday Custer was back in West Lafayette trying to grasp what happened. Two bombs exploded by the finish line. The attack killed three and injured more than 175.
"It was a wonderful course and a beautiful day," Custer said. "Millions of people around just watching. The fact that this targeted fans and volunteers is just the most sickening thing of all."
"Anytime an incident happens you have to look at your own backyard," West Lafayette Police Chief Jason Dombkowski said.
Dombkowski said he does not see any security threat to the Greater Lafayette area. However, he said the department stays on top of investigations like the one digging into Monday's explosions.
That is because a West Lafayette police officer is on the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force in Indianapolis. It's the only officer in the area.
"It makes us a little more tied into the bigger picture of what is going on around not only the nation, but the state," Dombkowski said.
He said since Sept. 11, 2001, more security preparations have been made for all public events in the city.
For example, he said security planning started for this year's Purdue Mini Marathon the week after last year's event.
"Anytime you have a large group of people you're dealing with access issues," Dombkowski said. "They need to make sure there are screening points and people are safe when they go into a venue. It's a little more challenging when you have an open venue like a race."
Custer said the Purdue Mini Marathon is a race he does not plan on missing.
"I can tell you personally this will not change what I do as a racer," Custer said.
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