Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)-- Ahead of a summer of events drawing thousands of visitors to Duluth, authorities are urging the public to be vigilant and watchful.
This following the tragic terror attacks in Boston, prompting concerns and safety reviews for large scale events like Grandma's Marathon.
Grandma's draws close to 17,000 participants to the Duluth area in June causing an influx of security.
St. Louis County Under Sheriff Dave Phillips says while ramping up security is standard during the busy summer months, the strongest safety tool is the watchful eyes of citizens.
"We want to make sure the citizens receive the best possible response," said Phillips. "There's nothing better than citizens who are aware and who report things ahead of times."
Phillips also stresses citizens shouldn't respond to times of tragedy with panic.
In a statement, Grandma's Marathon Executive Director Scott Keenon says that safety of runners, volunteers and spectators is the race's number one priority and there will be a full review of security measures and protocols in the coming weeks.
Written for the web by Zach Vavricka