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Security measures planned for 2014 Flying Pig
CINCINNATI (Perry Schaible) -- As we remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing one year ago, security is high on the list for officials of the Flying Pig Marathon. The races will take place in the Queen City in less than a month.
Between the full and half marathons, the race covers 30 miles through 8 municipalities. All of them have officers who will be providing security. The effort is headed by Cincinnati Police Department. The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI will also be involved. The extra security is all a result of Boston Marathon bombings.
There are no bags or backpacks of any kind allowed at the race. The extra security measures are all precautionary. Despite the bombings, racers came out anyway. Race director, Iris Simpson-Bush says registration for this year's event is already up. "We were so gratified last year, the spectators, we affectionately refer to them as our squealors, but they were out in mass, as we all know, they took the biggest hit in Boston, and it was as though in Greater Cincinnati people were saying, we're going to support this, we're not going to be deterred by some horrendous act such as that happened that year."
Again, runners may see extra security at this year's race, but it's just precautionary. People are asked to follow the rules about no backpacks or bags.