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Boston Marathon Organizers Will Have Stricter Security Measures For '14 Race
Published February 27, 2014
SAFETY FIRST: In Boston, Maria Cramer in a front-page piece notes police are "hoping to avoid a crush of spectators who would pack the final blocks" of the race. City officials said that they are "determined to make sure the streets that day do not resemble a police state." Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said, "You’re not going to see guys out there with body armor on and long guns out there." Meanwhile, race organizers said that they have "set aside another location where friends and families can meet runners after they finish." The idea behind the security plan is to "ease the crowds that are expected to amass around Copley Square on April 21" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/27). The BAA said that runners "will be allowed to wear small fanny packs to carry food, medicine, identification, cellphones or other necessary small items." Massachusetts Undersecretary for Homeland Security Kurt Schwartz said, "We are going to strike a good balance between public safety and security, and ensuring that this is a celebratory and festive event like it has always been" (AP, 2/26).