Bombed NJ race returns
Hundreds of runners came out Saturday for a Marine Corps charity race on the Jersey Shore and ran without incident a year after a pipe bomb detonated 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.
The registration surge 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. Race officials said the increase in runners was a response to the bombing and people wanting to show support for the military.
The bomb that rocked last year’s event was allegedly planted by Ahmad Khan Rahimi as the start of a two-day reign of terror.