After viewing the tragic events at the Boston Marathon, my thoughts quickly turn to our area and the Hood to Coast Relay in Seaside.

With the estimated 100,000 contestants and visitors that come to our town for the relay race, it seems that Seaside and Boston have many similarities: a huge relay race once a year; tens of thousands of visitors and contestants coming from great distances for a race; both cities are favorite tourist spots and both have national historic value.

How does Seaside prepare itself to prevent a major terrorist attack such as the Boston tragedy? Does Seaside or the race organizer, Bob Foote, fund professional security and police personnel? Do we add extra medical and trauma staff? Do we have adequate medical facilities?

If we haven’t already begun to do so, it is time for us to rethink the Hood to Coast and prepare our city to minimize an occurrence similar to Boston.

MARTY GILL

Gearhart

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