Illinois Races Place New Focus On Security

The Boston Marathon bombing is forcing people who organize races in Illinois to consider security in ways they’ve never had to before.
Jan Seeley directs the Illinois Marathon in Champaign-Urbana. The two-day event
draws about 20,000 people and it’s coming up quick, on April 27.
One of the first calls she received Monday was from someone demanding the race
be canceled. That isn’t likely but organizers will meet Wednesday to talk about
a range of possible measures such as bomb-sniffing dogs.
Wendy Jaehn is executive director of the FirstMerit Bank Lakefront 10
Miler scheduled for Saturday in Chicago.
More mundane concerns like traffic crossings now sit alongside more urgent
worries. She says she’ll ask runners to limit how much gear they bring and try
to get bomb-sniffing dogs, too.  (AP)

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