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Following Boston, security level high for Pat's Run

Jim Cross/KTAR

TEMPE, Ariz. -- More than 30,000 people took part in the 9th annual Pat's Run at Arizona State University.

The 4.2 mile run is in honor of former ASU football player Pat Tillman, who was killed in battle in Afghanistan after he walked away from the NFL to serve in the military.

Hundreds of uniform and plain clothed cops from several Valley agencies were there along with tactical units. Police bomb dogs checked out cars.

Michael Pooley with Tempe Police said they received no credible threats prior to the run but after Boston they were taking no chances.

"We're bringing out everything we have," Pooley said. "All the manpower we need."

Runner Shannon Moore of Yuma said she had no worries about making this event.

"We are Americans," Moore said. "We come together and get through it."

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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