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We're just days away from
Sunday's Glass City Marathon, but runners aren't the only ones who have been
preparing for it.
Local police departments
have been working hard to put a security plan together to help keep you safe
during the event.
The University of Toledo
Police Chief Jeff Newton says they've been working on a security plan for
months, so they're prepared to keep all 26.2 miles of the race secure.
"We have to plan for
everything," said Chief Newton. "We have
to plan for weather emergencies or any other occurrence that could jeopardize
the safety of the runners."
Chief Newton says law
enforcement agencies like his have to think of every possible scenario. He added that the Boston Marathon bombing
from last year is still fresh on everyone's mind, and has prompted them to ramp
up their own security.
"Some of it will be very
visible… some of it you will not be able to see," said Chief Newton.
Cameras, canines and extra
officers all make up parts of the security plan.
The race goes through Toledo,
Ottawa Hills and Sylvania, and Chief Newton says one key component to keeping
everyone safe is communication between those departments.
"It's important that we
get together and talk even more so now than in previous years based on what we
learned from Boston and the growth of the Marathon," he said.
The number of participants
in this year's race have more than tripled since 2009, and Chief Newton says
this year's race has more security than they've ever had before.
Police say as long as
people stay informed about where to park and what they can and can't bring to
the race, there shouldn't be any issues.