CLEVELAND– An estimated 22,000 runners and thousands of spectators are hitting the streets of Cleveland this weekend, for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon.
“I think it’s going to be well protected, and I think we are going to have a very successful 36th year,” Cleveland Marathon Executive Director Jack Staph said.
In light of the Boston Marathon bombing, there will be more law enforcement; many you will see, and some you won’t.
“There will be K-9 units out,” Staph said.
Organizers are asking people not to bring any backpacks or large bags, for obvious reasons.
“Some of it may be subjected to search, depending on the law enforcement people. That’s their rule; not ours,” Staph said.
Organizers and law enforcement won’t reveal details of the security plan.
“All I will say about the Marathon is we are very comfortable with our security plan,” said Cuyahoga County Sheriff Frank Bova.
Bova said there were be plenty of officers and deputies along the route.
But he is also asking for the public’s help.
“If you see something, say something. There will be plenty of us out there,” Bova said.
The marathon starts and ends at Browns Stadium.
It winds 26.2 miles through downtown Cleveland to the near west side, and to Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive to the east.
There will be 18 designated cheering spots along the way.
“I think it’s something that the runners will appreciate. I think it’s something the spectators can join,” Staph said.
But of course, people can still watch the race anywhere.
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