N.J. Marine race run year after bombing
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.