Increased security planned at upcoming Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll Marathon
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Local race organizers say security is their top priority at this year's Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. They joined Mayor Carolyn Goodman to announce their new plans on Thursday.
This year's race is moving from its traditional December date to November 17. But that isn't the only change -- new plans are in the works to improve safety for runners and spectators.
With images of the Boston bombings still fresh, Goodman said security is of utmost importance.
"There will be plenty of security presence from the hotels, Metro, marshals -- all of our first responders will be out there and will be present," Goodman said.
The Mayor, along with Rock 'n' Roll Marathon race officials, said they're increasing personnel on par with New Year's Eve on the Strip.
Race officials say there will be a significant increase in law enforcement and security, particularly at the finish line in front of The Mirage.
Marathon organizer Adam Zocks said a more visual security presence will encourage people to report any suspicious activity.
Zocks said he's also considering clear plastic bags for runners' gear as well as more portable lighting along the race route.
Runner Josh Cox won the race in 2010, and was in Boston last month. He said if he feels safe, he'll run in November.
"The trouble isn't from the running community itself, it's outside of it," said Cox. "Certainly, someone could infiltrate and go that route. I think clear plastic gear bags is definitely a step in the right direction."
Mayor Goodman said it will take everyone's help to make this race safe.
"I think what we all have to do is be vigilant, be aware and just make sure we communicate," said Goodman. "If you see something unusual...make sure you report it."
Organizers said the date was moved up to November in order to avoid competing with the National Finals Rodeo.
In 2013, more than 30,000 runners competed. This year, registration is already up 10 percent.