Preparing for increased security, local business ahead of Mountain Goat Run

Nearly 3,600 people are expected to participate in this Sunday's Mountain Goat Run at Syracuse's Clinton Square.

The run comes weeks after the bombings at the Boston Marathon, but it's not stopping runners from coming to the race.

"If you stop, you're following into what terrorism wants," said Terry Young, running this Sunday. "You need to live your life. You need to move on. And that's what we're doing."

This year, the race is implementing a stricter bag check policy, and putting more police officers in Clinton Square.

Some runners are concerned about safety, while others are not worried. "I was a little concerned," said runner Joan Ferrara. "I happened to be in Boston 2 days before the attack and everything, so it did really hit me hard. But I believe that we're gonna be safe on Sunday."

"We live in Syracuse, so it's kind of one of those areas that I don't think we need to worry about it," said runner Beth Young. "It's probably not right to say because you never know what's going to happen. We feel pretty safe."

The race is also bringing business to the local economy, particularly at Fleet Feet in East Syracuse, where runners are coming to pick up their race packets.

"There's a couple of things I need for the race, so I thought I would pop through, do some shopping while I was here to pick up my packet," said runner Laura Oberlander.

Others traveling from out of town expect to visit some Syracuse businesses on Sunday. "Shopping, obviously," said Mary Hanlon, driving into Syracuse on Sunday morning from Penn Yan. "Going to some of the local stores we don't have in Penn Yan."

The 10 mile-race of the Mountain Goat Run starts this Sunday at 10:20am.

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