Grandma's Marathon Beefing up Security for Next Weekend

By KBJR News 1

June 14, 2013 Updated Jun 14, 2013 at 6:58 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - April 14th in Boston has changed the way marathons are handled throughout the country.

"Not only marathon races, and road races, but... outdoor events, and events in general," said Grandma's Marathon PR Director Bob Gustafson.

Gustafson added Duluth was lucky. While other cities had marathons in the weeks following Boston, they've had months to take a closer look at beefing up security. The result: a two–fold approach...

"...one is what the municipalities and the police are doing. But what we can do, and what our organization has done, is... step back, and looked at what we've done in the past, and increased where we can," said Gustafson.

Along with runners having their ID's checked during packet pick–up, runners will also only be able to use the race bag they're provided with, "...and you're not going to be able to bring it into the starting chute before you drop it off into one of the trucks for transportation," added Gustafson.

The City of Duluth is also promising increased police and security presence.

"We're being very intentional about having our officers being visible—showing the sweeps that will be done before the race, and during the race, and also in the large gatherings afterwards," said Mayor Don Ness.

And while other security measures will be implemented, not everything is being discussed for security's sake.

"There are some things being done, obviously, that aren't going to be discussed. It is a fine line when you're talking about 'behind the scenes' kind of things," said Gustafson.

Everyone expecting to attend the marathon is asked to also do their part in identifying suspicious behavior.

Every runner will receive a "See Something, Say Something" brochure in their packet, with information on how to best report anything suspicious.

The same message will be posted throughout the finish line area for everyone to see.

- Posted to the web by Billy Wagness