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Ironman changes security after Boston bombing

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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Organizers of the Ironman World Championship triathlon say they're subtly increasing security at this year's race as a response to the bombing earlier this year at the Boston Marathon.

West Hawaii Today reported Tuesday that organizers plan to distribute fliers to spectators, telling them what to watch out for and how to reach race officials if needed. The fliers include information on suspicious packages, along with suspicious odors and behavior.

Race Director Diana Bertsch says the fliers aren't meant to alarm people, but people are looking at things differently after the Boston bombing.

Three people were killed and more than 100 people hurt earlier this year when a bomb made from a pressure cooker exploded near the race's finish line.

Ironman officials are prohibiting backpacks in credentialed areas.

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