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Security heightened for D.C. area events after Boston

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With local races and the IMF World Bank meetings scheduled this weekend in the D.C. area, security will be on everyone's minds after the Boston Marathon bombing
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Prince George's County Police bomb dogs are preparing for a weekend of events on the heels of the Boston marathon bombing

A PGPD bomb dog.

"I think it has opened everyone's eyes nationally as to extra precautions you have to take at a special event," says PGPD Lt. Chris Price, commander of the special services section.

An annual 5k run-walk with more than 3000 participants is set for Saturday evening at National Harbor where officers were already posted today. Because of Boston, there will be more police on hand at the race. And anyone wearing a backpack will have their bag checked, something police said they don't usually do for a fun run. They also warned no backpacks will be allowed on the course at all.

Those staying in hotels at the harbor had mixed emotions.

In the District, where D.C. police remain in heightened state of alert, streets are shut down and security is tight for the IMF World Bank meetings.

And those attending Sunday's George Washington Parkway Classic 10 miler can expect added layers of security, longer waits for bag processing, and vehicles will be checked. The chief of police asked all residents and visitors to be vigilant.

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