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BPD: Marathon went smoothly

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Burlington Police say there were no specific threats against the Vermont City Marathon but extra safeguards were put in place after the Boston Marathon bombings.

A larger police presence on race day included local, state and federal law enforcement on patrol. K-9 units scanned the crowd and a bomb squad was on standby. Race organizers also asked people to not bring backpacks -- instead providing clear plastic bags to the runners for their belongings. Workers removed trash cans along the race route as well.
 
Burlington's Police Chief Michael Schirling said runners and spectators were very cooperative with the heightened security.

"A few suspicious things that have been called in over the morning -- people are being vigilant but not hysterical about things. All those things have been cleared. Things like people with large bags or suitcases -- a couple of members of the media with cases to carry their gear and folks have called those types of things in nothing security related," he said.

Burlington Police say they'll now assess how this year went with the beefed up security. They say it's too soon to tell whether these new procedures will be made permanent for future events.

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