Additional security at Race for the Cure

By Alyssa Donovan

May 11, 2013 Updated May 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- Police presence was strong at Saturday mornings race for the cure with about 30 officers securing the event.

"We'll have extra security on the ground we'll have uniformed and plain clothes officers within the grounds," said Lieutenant Steve Roegge of the Peoria Police Department. "We'll also be doing some surveillance with video cameras of it just to make sure we have a good view of the crowd."

Roegge says after the Boston marathon some changes were made to the security plan.

“With all security for this we do review it each time we have an incident. We have added some additional security to it so there will be some extra visual security out here."

Participants were told before the race that if you see something, say something.

“We've been planning this even for some 48 weeks and then all of a sudden 4 weeks ago some other things happened and we had to add a new layer to our planning process," said event organizer Phillip Lockwood.

Like the addition of the police department's tactical cperations center and their armadillos.

"I think it's great," said Joy Morris of Peoria. "You want to keep people coming and doing these things and you want them to feel safe. So I think whatever measures they have to take."

Morris ran in the Boston marathon this year but says she hasn't let the bombing stop her from doing what she loves. This will already be her fourth race since Boston and like everyone else she was there to support the cause.

“My mother's mother passed away from breast cancer so I think everyone has someone in their life that they think of when they do the race," said Morris.

“It's really about comfort and making people feel comfortable about coming out. And making people feel safe about coming out and supporting our event and our cause. But also about coming out and feeling comfortable at any large event," said Lockwood.

Lockwood says with the help of the police, fire and public works departments the event could not have gone any smoother.

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