- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - The director of the Boulder Marathon says changes to the course to improve medical response times following a death at a half marathon in May were the main reason he could not get permits in time to hold this year’s race.

Jeff Mason tells The Daily Camera (http://bit.ly/1oicuge ) that concerns about the course arose after the death of 20-year-old runner Jessica Dillon on May 4 at the Boulder Reservoir. He says trying to redesign the course to allow for an immediate medical response in case of an emergency meant a delay that ultimately prevented him from getting the needed permits.

The Boulder Marathon was canceled Friday, about two weeks before it was to take place. The decision angered many who had paid their entry fees and trained for months.

Up to 2,000 people were expected to run.

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Information from: Daily Camera, http://www.dailycamera.com/

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