Boston Marathon race director in Flint for the Crim
Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:28:39 GMT —
As thousands of runners prepare to lace up their shoes for this weekend's 37th Crim Festival of Races, local law enforcement agencies are ramping up security measures with the help of Boston officials.
Just over four months after the deadly Boston Marathon bombings, Boston officials are sharing lessons learned.
The marathon director met with Flint officials Thursday.
Flint officials said while participants will not notice a change in security this year, many law enforcement agencies are going the distance to ensure the event is a safe and fun, family event.
Off-site law enforcement command centers will be set up throughout the event in addition to increased medical and emergency teams.
What runners this year may notice is the number of registered participants.
More than 13,000 people have already signed up.
In the wake of the marathon bombing runners are registering in greater numbers than before.
"The running community is not letting this slow them down they are not daunted by any kind of intimidation like this," said Andrew Younger, race director of the Crim.
"There's solidarity in our sport and people are coming together runners will not be denied especially their running freedom and races are filling up fast if not faster than they ever have before," said Dave McGillivray, race director of the Boston Marathon.
You can pick up your bib number, t-shirt and registration at the Riverfront Conference Center until 8pm. Thursday night and Friday from 11a.m. to 9p.m.