OGDEN -- Representatives from Ogden's Get Out and Live Foundation are on high alert after two explosions occurred near the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday.
The GOAL Foundation coordinates high-profile Ogden outdoor events, including the Zions Bank Ogden Marathon, which serves as a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.
Jenny Scothern, executive director of the GOAL Foundation, said she watched news of the marathon with a heavy heart and a worried mind.
"Right now, we're just saddened and worried about our local runners," Scothern said. "Our hearts go out to everyone involved, no matter where they are from. When something like this happens, it affects the whole running community."
Scothern said there were no GOAL Foundation officials at the race and she hadn't received -- as of around 3 p.m. Monday -- any news about the safety or whereabouts of any Top of Utah area runners competing in the race.
"It's really too early to know much of anything at this point. We're just waiting for everything to unfold. It's shocking."
Scothern said there is a contingency plan in place in the event of any emergency at the Ogden race -- scheduled for May 18 -- and GOAL race organizers work with several local police and fire agencies during the marathon.
Weber County Emergency Management, Weber County Sheriff's Office and Fire District, Ogden police and fire departments, the Utah Highway Patrol and other local agencies are all heavily involved in the Ogden event.
Scothern said GOAL officials will study the Boston incident and, when all the details come out, use it to make the Ogden race safer.
"It's too early to speculate about what exactly happened," she said. "But we are definitely watching this, and we will learn from it. If there are any changes that we can or should make to our marathon as a result of this, we'll do it."
Likewise, officials of the Salt Lake City Marathon are taking extra precautions for the race scheduled for Saturday; however, as of Monday afternoon, the event was scheduled to continue.