Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/06/2014 -- Organizers of races don’t plan on easing up on security in the near future. In fact, racers should expect possibly more security in 2014, especially for large races.
The events at the 2013 Boston Marathon sparked a surge in road race security across the country. Boston organizers do not expect to pull back on security measures anytime in the near future. Additions since 2013 include clear race bags and requiring runners to pick up bibs in person.
Security for road races has been an issue since the September 11, 2001 attacks. Especially for the Marine Corps Marathon, which spent over $1 million last year on security.
Austin Marathon race director John Conley says that the 2014 edition of his race, the first since Boston, will feature beefed-up security, and if there are further changes down the road, they’ll be in the form of increased, not decreased, security. “I can’t see us going back, and I can certainly see us instituting more and more security measures,” says Conley.
The events at the Boston Marathon in 2013 and increased security measures nationwide have not hindered race participation. In fact, many races are seeing an increase in registration numbers for 2014 races.
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