Stepping Up Security at Future Races
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GREEN BAY, WI- As the investigation in Boston continues, race planners in Northeast Wisconsin are meeting to discuss security plans for the future.
Members of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon and Bellin Run met with local law enforcement today to discuss possible changes.
When it comes close to one of those two races, volunteers usually hold security meetings ever year to pre-plan. However after the tragedy in boston, race directors know security will never be looked at the same from here on out.
Christian Jensen was about a mile off the finish line when two bombs exploded, but even before the incident.
"There were literally hundreds of police and military all along the course," says Jensen.
However, he says that doesn't change the fact that race planners need to review disaster plans down the road.
"Obviously thinking about how we can enhance security, but not to let this stop us," says Jensen.
Race directors are now reviewing their security plans with local first responders to ensure safety.
"Combines all the community assets when it comes to safety and security," says Bellin Run Director Randy Van Straten.
While race directors are confident in their security right now, they say.
"It's possible that you will see changes in the whole industry, but at this point were just in the early stages of reviewing all of our planning with public safety departments," says Cellcom Green Bay Marathon Director Sean Ryan.
Law enforcement expect to increase their resources at future races including the Bellin Run and Cellcom Green bay Marathon.
"We're going to be present in order to protect them," says Captain David Konrath of the Brown County Sheriff's department.
They say the Boston Marathon will send repurcussions throughout the industry and "It's just a matter of how we as organizers and how the participants address them."
To protect runners and spectators.
This is only one of four security meetings for the Bellin Run. Volunteers for the Cellcom Green Bay marathon are planning on holding their own disaster plan meeting next Wednesday.