CREATED May. 17, 2013
Thousands are coming to northeast Wisconsin this weekend for the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon.
The race begins at 7:00 Sunday morning.
And while runners are eager to get to the starting line race organizers are working to make sure security is tight and that everything is in order.
Race organizers are expecting more than 13,000 runners this weekend. After the Boston Marathon bombings, they say more law enforcement needs to be present and they plan to make that happen.
Excitement was in the air as runners made their way into Lambeau Field to pick up their race packets and shirts.
"Looking forward to it a lot," says Molly Mooren of Appleton.
"Really awesome to see all the athletes that come out," says Christian Jensen of Green Bay.
After the tragedy in Boston....
"Emotionally affected the whole running community," says Race Director Sean Ryan.
Security changes are coming this weekend.
"Rexamined all of our security protocols."
Race planners have been meeting with area law enforcement to make sure runners and spectators are safe at this years Cellcom Green Bay Marathon.
"You will see a lot more uniformed security in and around our start and finish areas than you have in the past."
But they also want runners to get involved too.
"If you see something, say something. Be watchful," says Ryan.
Even if an attack is unexpected here in green bay, runners show full support to security changes.
"We're always willing to basically put up with whatever needs to be put up with," says Jensen.
"A little bit comforting to know that their going to have extra things in place to help keep the runners and spectators safe," says Mooren.
So with security changes in place and road closures set up
Runners are set for this weekends race.
Race organizers also changed the start time from 8 AM to 7 AM on Sunday. They plan to have a tribute to Boston at the starting line.