Tight Security Promised At Chicago Marathon

October 10, 2013
Chicago Marathon

In this Oct. 7, 2012 file photo, runners start the 2012 Chicago Marathon. Police have not stated the security measures they are taking for the Sunday Oct. 13, 2013, Chicago Marathon, The marathon is the first World Marathon Major in the United States since the Boston Marathon bombings last April will be the most closely watched.

(Paul Beaty/AP)

Bomb sniffing dogs, surveillance cameras and undercover officers will help make Sunday's Chicago Marathon the most monitored race in the city's history.

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings earlier this year, Chicago police have increased security for an event expected to draw 45,000 runners and more than a million spectators.
Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said spectators will see more officers randomly checking bags and bomb-sniffing dogs. Racers will have to go through added security at the starting line and will have to put all their belongings in clear plastic bags.
At the end of the race, spectators meeting runners in a designated gathering area also will be subject to searches.
Race organizers say runners understand why the changes are being made and that it hasn't dampened enthusiasm.

Story source: AP