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The permits for next year’s Boston Marathon are already granted in Hopkinton, and planning meetings are taking place with communities all along the 26-mile route, “a little earlier, and with a little more formality,” according to Thomas Grilk, executive director of the Boston Athletic Association, which runs the event.
“Naturally, there is an eye toward security,” he said.
The early start and the focus on security comes in reaction to the two bombs that exploded near the finish line of this year’s race, killing three and injuring more than 260 people. Two brothers, ethnic Chechens from Russia who were living in Cambridge, have been blamed for the attacks.
Grilk said meetings have already begun among communities and state and local public safety agencies, including police and fire officials, emergency medical personnel, and private ambulance services, to coordinate plans for the 2014 Boston Marathon, to be run on April 21.