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Local police preparing security for Glass City Marathon

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

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.

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