N.J. Marine race run year after bomb­ing

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SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. — Hun­dreds of run­ners par­tic­i­pated Satur­day in a Marine Corps char­ity race on the New Jersey shore, a year after a pipe bomb det­o­nated at the event site and forced its can­cel­la­tion.

Se­cu­rity was beefed up for this year’s Sem­per Five race, with trash cans re­moved along the race route in Seaside Heights and man­hole cov­ers sealed.

The race also saw a sharp in­crease in reg­is­trants, with nearly 2,000 run­ners tak­ing part.

The reg­is­tra­tion surge had spurred or­ga­niz­ers to move the race from Seaside Park to neigh­bor­ing Seaside Heights, due to the larger board­walk there that could ac­com­mo­date the ex­tra run­ners.

The bomb that rocked last year’s event was planted by Ah­mad Khan Rahimi, au­thor­i­ties have said. He has pleaded in­no­cent and is be­ing held with­out bail while await­ing his trial, sched­uled to start Oct. 2.

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