Fox Cities Marathon Security Precautions
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NEENAH, Wis.- Crews were busy setting up barricades to prepare for the Sunday's Fox Cities Marathon in Neenah. More than 5,000 people are expected to be at Riverside Park, that's a sold out crowd. With so many people in one place, organizers say there's no such thing as being too careful.
After the Boston bombings, security is a major concern, especially for one man who was there and crossed the finish line four minutes before the bombs went off.
Steve Wieckert may look like an ordinary real estate agent, but earlier this year he was a runner in the Boston Marathon. He says he's still haunted by memories of that day.
"We looked and turned around and saw the flash of something else go off," said Wieckert.
Wieckert is running in the Fox Cities Marathon this Sunday. It's the same marathon that qualified him for Boston last year, but this year race organizers are taking extra precautions, asking for help from the community.
"If they see something that looks out of the ordinary or suspicious just call it in," said Fox Cities Marathon race operations manager, Jesse Drake.
Race organizers are also partnering with Neenah police.
"We're always trying to look for those things that might cause a problem for our community and for the people who are participating in the event," said Neenah chief of police, Keven Wilkinson.
Organizers hope extra eyes and ears throughout the course will keep things safe. The added measures are easing worries for Wieckert.
"I feel very confident in the race. I'll be vigilant and everything else but I'm not going to worry about it," said Wieckert.
This is the first year the Fox Cities Marathon has ever sold out. The race begins at 7:00 Sunday morning.