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Tips on staying safe during P.F. Chang's Arizona race

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PHOENIX -- Organizers of the 2014 P.F. Chang's Rock n' Roll Arizona Marathon and Half Marathon said they expected more than 24,000 runners for Sunday's 11th annual race.

It's the largest running event to take place in the Valley since two explosions went off at the Boston Marathon last year. Uncertainty and fear may set in for athletes at major events such as this race. A local events-security expert offered some tips for runners and spectators to help stay as safe as possible.

"The biggest thing is being aware of your surroundings, and giving more thought to what it is that you're doing," said Robb Corwin, CEO of Pride Group, Full Service Event Management Company.

When it comes to general safety during a large event, it starts with where to park.

Pick a well-lighted area with easy access to the race location, Corwin said. Avoid cutting through buildings and don't leave valuables visible inside the car.

While on the course, Corwin recommended runners wear sunglasses. "You always want to protect your eyes," he said.

Runners who stay in the center of the track can potentially remain away from dangers along the course. "Stay away from the edges, stay away from the crowds, away from mailboxes, from vehicles and buildings," he said.

Finally, anyone at the race should let someone know where they are. Phone apps that share locations during the race can also help friends and family find each other in case of emergency.

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Martha is the traffic controller in the KTAR newsroom. Her full time role is that of Assignment and Breaking News Editor of KTAR News. She oversees daily Breaking News planning and over-the air execution, and puts together the elements that make it happen. She gathers and distributes daily news assignments to reporters and editors. She also reports on a daily basis, anchors news afternoons 1-2p and fills in as anchor occasionally during other time slots. She began working at KTAR in the winter of 2012 as Desk Editor and was promoted to oversee Assignments and Breaking News in 2014. During that time, she received two awards as a journalist. The first was the 2013 APTRA Awards, where she took home 2nd place for Best Serious Future in the "Recycled Orchestra." The second was a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for her collaboration in KTAR's Voice for a Better Arizona Series: Immigration - seeking solutions. In her piece, Martha profiled two Arizona sisters looking for the DREAM. Martha was born in Mazatlan, Mexico. She moved to Arizona in 1996 with her parents and younger sister and has lived here since. She attended Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in Tempe. Prior to working at KTAR news she worked in news and production at Univision Arizona in Phoenix. She also supervised the marketing, catering and public relations department at Hotel Araiza, 5-star hotel in Mexicali, Mexico. She has also been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. When she isn't in the newsroom or behind the microphone Martha is an avid gym-goer and marathoner. She trains for two races a year and enjoys taking group exercise classes, such as kickboxing, indoor cycling and weight lifting. Martha is married and lives in Surprise, AZ with 2 dogs, Tasha and Elsa, and a cat, Sammy.

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