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Increased police presence planned for St. Anthony's Triathlon

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ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) -

More than 3,500 competitors from all over the world have descended upon St. Petersburg to run, swim and bike their way to a huge accomplishment this Sunday.

Many competitors say their minds will certainly be on the competition.

"I'm a little nervous, I just did a practice swim, first time in the ocean," said Adrienne Becker of Detroit.

There's no doubt many will also be thinking about Boston and last week's bombing at the Boston Marathon.

"We had a moment on the flight down and we've got the pins for Boston, and yeah, it is certainly on the forefront of our minds," Becker said.

The athletes won't be the only ones thinking about it -- race organizers plan to pay tribute.

"We will be having our hospital chaplain do a prayer, we have a bagpiper coming in, and my understanding is he'll be playing 'Amazing Grace,' and we will have a moment of silence," said St. Anthony's Triathlon spokesperson Beth Hardy.

They also plan on keeping the event a safe one.

"Certainly the events of last week caused us to take a step back and re-think what we we're doing and make sure that we we're doing all that we could," said Hardy. "We'll see an increased police presence, particularly on Sunday."

And it won't just be uniformed officers.

"We're going to put some additional officers out on the race route, some of those will actually be covert officers," said Mike Puetz of the St. Petersburg Police Department.

Naomi Fisher is one of many who will race Sunday. She came down from Boston, so you can imagine her hometown will be on her mind.

She says one thing that won't occupy her thoughts is fear.

"I have zero concerns for this race. No, I feel pretty safe," Fisher said.

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