Organizers step up security at Omegawave World Triathlon after Boston Marathon bombings

More officers assigned to Mission Beach triathlon

SAN DIEGO - In light of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, organizers of this weekend's Omegawave World Triathlon in Mission Beach made some changes to security.

To help ease concern and as a preventative measure, organizers beefed up security by adding more police officers on the ground as well as bomb-sniffing dogs.

Aside from the obvious security presence, organizers say they also used surveillance cameras to keep an eye on what is happening in the area.

Athlete Gwen Jorgensen, who won Friday's women's elite, said she did not have any safety concerns.

"I felt completely safe," she told 10News. "I think all my competitors did as well, and we just came out here to compete and do our best."

Kathy Hawks, who came to cheer on her husband, said there was a noticeable difference at this year's triathlon.

"Usually in the staging area, they let them have their backpacks and a few things and today, they said absolutely not," she said. "I think they've been real cognizant that everybody's safe."

Spectator Kimberly Chen said showing up was her way to take a stand against violent attacks such as the Boston Marathon bombings.

"It just shows how strong the community is... the endurance community and Americans," she said.

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