"We've been listening to what the running community has said and what most of them are telling us is we want to come run," said Peter Delaney, the executive director of RunVermont.
And when they do, right from the start, nearly 8,000 runners in the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon will notice a much larger number of police lining the 26-mile road race. The city is beefing up security for the May 26 event in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.
"Suffice to say that you will see a lot more law enforcement presence around the event this year," Burlington Police Chief Mike Schirling said.
Burlington police, state police, federal agents, fire officials and marathon organizers met to improve marathon security plans, but won't elaborate.
"To release the content of the enhanced security protocols would be to share details of how the event is protected and how the public is protected and if there is someone who is seeking to do harm that is information they would find useful," Delaney said.
Burlington's police chief says there has been no threat to the Vermont City Marathon, but starting now, the multi-agency partnership is planning for the worst, trying to protect the athletes and the tens of thousands of people who come to watch. A couple of challenges: Many runners carry backpacks to the starting line and pick them up later. Plus, thousands of people spread out for miles.
"It is 26 miles long, so that presents interesting challenges," Schirling said. "Certainly the landscape changed yesterday, so it has changed marathons around the nation. So, we are not alone in having to re-evaluate the way that things flow in this particular event."
Marathon officials and police say they'll provide some specific information about security in the coming weeks as the investigation in Boston uncovers details about the attack. But they admit, many security measures will not be revealed at all.
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