ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The blasts in Boston have impacted the running community here in New Mexico.
Several runs had already been scheduled to take place this weekend.
Now, new ones are popping up in honor of the victims, and some event organizers say they are planning for more security and more runners.
Runners say races like the Duke City Marathon are about bringing people together.
"We do these events to not only push ourselves but to enjoy each other's company and have fun out there," says Randy Arriola, owner of ABQ Running Shop .
In that spirit of banding together, Arriola decided at the last minute he would plan a Boston Marathon Relief Run to benefit the more than 170 people wounded when bombs exploded at the finish line at Monday's Boston Marathon.
Arriola says his shop will donate $5 for every 2.62 mile loop runners complete between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
He is already surprised by the response.
"I expected originally maybe we'd get 20, 30, 40 people to show up," Arriola says. "Now, I'm thinking 500 to many, many, many more. It's impossible to say."
Even the Duke City Marathon, not scheduled until October, had one of its biggest registration days Monday after the news came out of Boston, organizers say.
Meanwhile, Jasmine Ruth is getting ready for Albuquerque's Color Me Rad race this Sunday.
The race manager says organizers have made some security changes after getting calls and comments of concern on Facebook after Monday.
"We hired extra security guards," Ruth says. "We've been working with the Albuquerque Police Department. They are providing several officers onsite and around the area."
She says Color Me Rad and the charity it benefits, NMX Youth Sports , is also donating from registration money to help with relief efforts in Boston.
"This is a good opportunity to run for something, you always hear about running from something. Let's run for Boston," Ruth says.
Color Me Rad is expecting about 5,000 runners at Balloon Fiesta Park this Sunday.
On Wednesday registration for the Boston Marathon Relief Run starts at 5 p.m. at the ABQ Running Shop.
The owner says he will donate up to $1,000.
The Albuquerque Half Marathon is also scheduled for this Saturday morning. Event organizers did not get back to KRQE about any changes with that race.
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