Kalamazoo Marathon officials consider security after Boston attack
Updated: Tuesday, April 16 2013, 10:51 PM EDT
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The next big marathon to happen in our area is less than three weeks away.
Race leaders with the Kalamazoo Marathon met with Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety this morning, planned weeks in advance. It was topic number one.
What's also on their minds are 40 Kalamazoo-area runners who ran in the Boston Marathon Monday.
"We're now hearing they're safe that's their first reaction it was a very dramatic experience," said Blaine Lam, Kalamazoo Marathon Director.
Many in the running community call the Boston Marathon, "Mecca."
"They have to qualify to get in the run and the world is watching it, and so if someone were looking for a stage they found it," said Lam.
With the Kalamazoo Marathon coming up May 5th, the race director says the meeting they had this morning with KDPS shows they're as ready as they can be.
"It's an urban marathon. We run across Kzoo and back and we run a figure eight and there are police everywhere," said Lam.
This includes a mobile command unit with more than 150 law enforcement officers on hand, with reserves in place.
Evacuation plan. At least 10 police channels open for officials to communicate and medical stations with doctors and nurses on hand.
The 5/3 River Bank Run is also coming up May 11.
Race leaders tell Newschannel 3 they've been working with Grand Rapids Police as soon as they learned of it. Police are in contact with the FBI and will adjust their security, if necessary.