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Poll: Most people think Pittsburgh Marathon will be safe

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By Brad Bumsted and David Conti
Friday, April 26, 2013, 11:00 a.m.

HARRISBURG — The fatal Boston Marathon bombings will not scare people away from running in Pittsburgh next week, a poll released Friday shows.

About 88 percent of voters say if they planned to run in the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon they would still do so, despite the April 15 bombings that killed three people and injured more than 250, according to a survey by Quinnipiac University.

“The runners may be even more positive about this now,” said Meyer “Skip” Grinberg, president of the Pittsburgh Marathon. “They've said they're not going to let the marathon be disrupted.”

The poll found 11 percent of voters would not take part because of the violence in Boston. By an 89- to 5-percent margin, Pennsylvania voters say they believe the Pittsburgh marathon on May 5 will be safe.

The poll of 1,235 registered voters, conducted April 19-24, has a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points.

Grinberg said he was aware of only one person who called the marathon to ask about dropping out because of concerns about the bombings. About 27,000 people registered for the full and half marathon.

Pittsburgh leaders and marathon organizers this week said they would increase security on the route, with new guidelines for runners and spectators at the Downtown start and finish lines. More police and private guards will protect the route, search bags and keep runners and spectators separate.

Statewide, 36 percent of Pennsylvania voters say they are “very worried” or “somewhat worried” that a family member could become a victim of a terrorist attack. The poll found 64 percent are “not too worried” or “not worried at all.”

About 45 percent of women are “very” or “somewhat worried,” compared to 27 percent of men.

Brad Bumsted and David Conti are Trib Total Media staff writers. Reach Bumsted at 717-787-1405 or Reach Conti at 412-388-5802 or

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