LONG BRANCH - Thousands of runners are headed down to the Jersey Shore for this year's New Jersey Marathon, a race that will have special meaning to many of the participants.

The bombings in Boston are still fresh on the minds of many of the runners, prompting many to register at the last minute. Race officials say registration has doubled after the April attack and that security measures have been increased accordingly.

"You're going to see a lot of physical security," says race director Joe Gigas. "There will be a lot of security you don't see."

Pre-approved clear plastic bags were given to runners at registration and will be the only bags allowed at the finish line.

The Jersey Shore is still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, and the race route has been altered to accommodate certain areas.