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On race day, Oct. 20, backpacks and duffel bags won’t be accepted at gear check; only clear bags provided to runners will be allowed. All bags brought to the marathon are subject to search by security or law enforcement.
Rich Harshbarger, executive race director and executive director of consumer marketing for the Detroit Media Partnership, said safety is always a top priority.
Marathon officials, he said, met with local, state and federal agencies for a series of planning sessions to address the emergency preparedness response.
“We created new ways to communicate more effectively in the event of an emergency,” he said.
Harshbarger said officials decided to meet earlier after the Boston Marathon on April 15, when bombs planted near the finish line exploded and left three people dead and hundreds injured.
Harshbarger would not nike air max 90 say whether there will be an increased police presence at the marathon an nike air max 90 d would not discuss specifics of the security plans.
“We want everyone to feel comfortable that we’ve done everything we can to protect the runners, spectators and volunteers, but we can’t reveal details of our security operations,” he said. “Doing so would compromise the ability to respond to emergency situations.”
This year, every runner will be given a clear drawstring bag at the marathon’s Health Fitness Expo on Friday and Saturday at Cobo Center. Only these bags will be accepted at gear check on race day, Harshbarger said.
As well, all backpacks or large packages will be subject to search, he said.
According to a New York Times article earlier this month, security restrictions also were put in place for the New York City Marathon in November. According to the marathon’s website, all bags entering race venues and events will be subject to search, anyone going i nike air max 90 nto the family reunion area will be subject to a screening and baggage search, and some items are banned, including backpacks, strollers and hydration backpacks.
Harshbarger said just over 27,000 runners will participate in the Detroit marathon this nike air max 90 year, and up to 50,000 spectators are expected. If participants or spectators see suspicious activity, he said, they should alert a volunteer, security personnel or police.