Roanoke is among the many places across the country planning to step up security at sporting events in reaction to Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon.  Roanoke say that there will be an increased police presence at Saturday’s Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon.

That race begins and ends in downtown Roanoke, but it’s what happens in the middle that makes it what organizers called “America’s Toughest Road Marathon.”  WFIR Intern reporter Lindsey Piland looks at what make this race such a challenge to runners:

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