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(Cleveland) - Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald, various law enforcement agencies and race organizers want participants and fans to know they will be safe during the 36th Annual running of the Rite-Aid Cleveland Marathon on May 19.

In light of the Boston Marathon bombings, there will be a stepped up presence of law enforcement along the race route.

Uniformed and undercover officers will be looking for any potentially suspicious activity; K9 units will be stationed along the parade route.

A dozen deputies from the Cuyahoga County Sheriff Department's Impact Unit will also be added to the large security team at the upcoming Cleveland Marathon.

18,000 runners are poised to take to the course for the Marathon and the 10K with upwards of 45,000 spectators taking in the event.

Cuyahoga County is taking the lead security role for the race along with the Cleveland Police Department.

A joint terrorism task force made up of FBI, U.S. Marshals, DEA, ATF and local agencies including the County Sheriff's, and the CPD.

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