Aiming to show support amid Monday's tragic events in Boston, organizers of the London Marathon said the race will proceed on Sunday despite the threat of terrorism.
British sports minister Hugh Robertson told the BBC Tuesday that "we won't be cowered by this sort of behavior."
"The best way for us to react is to push ahead with the marathon on Sunday, to get people on the streets and to celebrate it as we always do in London," Robertson told the BBC. "These are balanced judgments but we are absolutely confident here that we can keep the event safe and secure. I think this is one of those incidents where the best way to show solidarity with Boston is to continue and send a very clear message to those responsible."
Prince Harry, the patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, is still expected to attend the race and make the presentations to the winners.
Sunday's race is one of six in the world marathon series along with Tokyo, Boston, Berlin, Chicago and New York.
"The London Marathon fully expects at this stage ... (to) go ahead as planned on Sunday although we are continuing to review security with the Metropolitan Police in the coming days," Nick Bitel, chief executive of the London Marathon, said Tuesday in an interview on the race website.