Bombed NJ race re­turns

New York Post - - NEWS - Wire Ser­vices

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.

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