WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, organizers of this weekend’s Marine Corps Marathon are sparing no expense to make the race a safe one.
Race director Rick Nealis says about $1 million has been spent on security for this weekend’s activities, which culminate with Sunday’s race. It’s the most money ever spent for security in the race’s 38-year history, he said.
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In addition to tighter rules and more uniformed law enforcement, there also will be more plain clothes officers in the crowd as well as a surveillance helicopter flying over the course for the duration of the race. Nealis says the helicopter’s eyes in the sky will be an added security measure.
“Not only are you getting a report back from radio but you’re also getting a picture,” Nealis said. “There’s a lot more undercover law enforcement. More than we’ve ever had.”
In years past, Nealis says organizers and security guards bent the rules regarding bags, but that won’t be happening this year. When runners and spectators pass through security checkpoints, all contents from backpacks and bags will be placed in clear plastic bags. Nealis also said CamelBaks and other bags will not be allowed in the race this year.
The following items are prohibited from entering any MCM event location: hydration vests and backpacks like CamelBaks; glass containers; masks; and flammable liquids. Runners may continue to bring a personal supply of fluids.