CREATED May. 3, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Under the Fremont Street Experience Canopy, by Saturday afternoon, folks in casual street wear will be joined by warriors wearing pink.
14,000 runners and thousands of supporters will participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and for the first time in 18 years, there will be extra security.
Race organizers are concerned about safety in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and left hundreds injured.
Joanna Grindle and her friends were on Fremont Street Friday. Grindle said she was not concerned about the big, expected crowd. She said, "I feel safe, and my husband is a marathon runner, and it was devastating, the idea of the Boston Marathon being affected because it's such a happy, incredible occasion when someone runs.
Grindle's friend, Belinda Ryan said, "If I would have known I would have run this race. I did the one in San Antonio right before the Boston bombing."
Las Vegas police officer Jose Hernandez told Action News local law enforcement agencies did meet after the bombings. He said, "You know, it's important. Any time a major event that takes place, that we begin the information sharing.
Hernandez said this year, backpacks and cell phones will get extra scrutiny from law enforcement, along with trash cans and vehicles. He said officers will be looking for any and everything out of the ordinary. Plus, he said what's new this year is what participants "won't" see.
Hernandez said, "We want it to be known that that the person who is standing next to you could very well be an officer not in uniform."