Boston Marathon may affect security at River City Marathon

By Alyssa Donovan

April 16, 2013 Updated Apr 16, 2013 at 7:16 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- The tragedy in Boston has Peoria Police reevaluating security for the upcoming River City Marathon.

Peoria has a strong community of runners.

Peoria's first full Marathon, "The River City Marathon" will be May 19th.

Peoria Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard says the events in Boston will change the way police handle Peoria's race.

Settingsgaard said, “It’s going to increase our awareness and our vigilance there. I don't know exactly what we are going to modify yet and I'm sure that over the next several days or weeks we're going to get a lot more information out of Boston as to how that occurred which will impact how we treat our own marathon."

Settingsgaard says although they don't anticipate anything serious happening in Peoria, no city is immune.

Race co-director Adam White says while planning the race security and safety have been the number one priority.

White said, "There is a lot of logistically planning that goes on behind the scenes to assure that these events are as safe as humanly possible."

A committee led by the Peoria Police department is working with almost 30 organizations including county and state police along with emergency services groups to make sure the 26.2 mile route is safe.

White says what happened in Boston will only strengthen the running community.

He said, "Running is a life affirming sport. It's a lifestyle. And I would be very surprised if the running community does not get stronger as a result of this and we will not have terrorists like this impact the things that we love so much. We're going to come out in full force and run all the more."

White says they expect 3,000 to 3,500 participants and just as many spectators at the race in May.

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