Crim officials to review security procedures

Runner await the start of the Crim Festival of Races.

In light of two explosions at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, organizers of the Crim Festival of Races will be reviewing security procedures before this year's race.

Crim Festival of Races, Race Director, Andrew Younger, tells NBC25 that public safety is always a concern and that the attack in Boston shook the Crim organizers "to the core."

Each year the organizers work hand-in-hand with Michigan State Police, the Flint Police and Fire Departments, as well as local hospitals to ensure participants and spectators are having a safe and enjoyable experience.

"We're not going to let an event like this prevent people from having wonderful experiences," Younger says.

However, organizers will sit down and go over safety procedures before August's events.

"I think what we are going to do is look at what our procedures are, how many officers, what type of security we have, and determine whether it's enough," says Younger. "And I think what we will be doing is examining a number of new scenarios to make sure what we have will prevent and also address those potential scenarios."

Younger says Crim officials will also be meeting with other event organizers in Flint to see what other groups in the area may be doing to heighten security in the future.

This year's festival is scheduled for August 23-24, 2013.