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Police break up marathon party with 700 students

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ASHLAND, Mass. (WHDH) -

It was only a few miles from the starting line but police in Ashland had their hands full with the amount of people at a college party, a story you'll see on just one station.

Five college students who rent a house along the marathon route said they invited a group of friends over to watch the race. They didn’t expect the 700 people that showed up.

"I didn't think the whole school would be here," said one of the renters.

Many of the people who attended the party go to Framingham State University. Social Media allowed news of the marathon party to spread.

“Obviously it's a problem because it's on the marathon route. I wouldn't say it got too out of hand but there were too many people,” Ashland Police Sgt. Greg Fawkes said.

Ashland police had help from the State Police and even the National Guard troops but the students were cooperative.

Partygoers had been drinking since early in the morning so police brought in school buses to take them back to the university.

“We thought it was a good solution to get them safely home and it worked well. In all fairness, the kids were cooperative and polite,” Sgt. Fawkes said.

The five students who rent the home were glad police showed up.

"We were happy to have them here because they did a lot of control and some of it was starting to get out of hand. When they were here they were real nice to us they helped us out a lot,” Kevin Kelley, one of the renters, said.

"It kind of showed how student and community can get along because we worked with the cops the entire time. We were real supporters of the runners. It was about the marathon when the runners were running, we didn't make it about us,” Hakeem Barge, one of the renters, said.

Police said despite the large amount of people, they did not find anyone drinking underage and only one person was arrested for disorderly conduct.

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