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Keeping Vt. City Marathon safe

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Final preparations are in the works for Sunday's Vermont City Marathon.

"We expect this event to be fun and exciting, just like it has every other year in the past, but we also want to be safe and mindful that it is different now," said Burlington Police Det. Art Cyr.

Different because it's the first marathon in the Queen City since the bombings in Boston. This year Burlington Police are working with a network of law enforcement professionals from across the country to help ensure safety along the course for the tens of thousands of people expected this weekend.

"We've seen a very cooperative effort, we've seen a whole lot of folks come together after the tragedy in Boston to work on our behalf to make sure that are spectators and runners are going to have the time they're coming here to enjoy," said the marathon's Peter Delaney.

Monday Burlington Police released a list of safety recommendations for runners and spectators alike -- asking everyone to leave coolers, back packs and boxes at home. Instead, they ask people to bring their belongings to the course in clear plastic bags in an effort to get a better grasp on what lines the course.

"We're realistic to that fact that even though we are asking people not to, it's still going to happen. We're going to remind folks that if you leave those things unattended that there is a chance they will be confiscated and damaged and possibly destroyed," Det. Cyr said.
 
Burlington Police say attendees can expect random searches and are also asking people to care of their own trash because fewer trash barrels will be available.

"We are asking folks to cooperate, it will be a whole lot easier for everybody and we'll have a great day, if it is easygoing for everybody," Delaney said.

Plain clothes officers involved in marathon security will be with a uniformed officer. If you encounter an officer who is unaccompanied, police say you should ask for a uniformed officer to respond.

Sixty runners who couldn't finish the Boston Marathon have been invited to Burlington, provided with hotel accommodations and will be running in the Vermont City Marathon.

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