Tight security doesn't deter large crowds at 119th Boston Marathon
BOSTON - Race runners went through security this morning before boarding buses to Hopkinton, an added security measure for this year’s marathon.
“We both ran it last year when it was noticeably different, the security,” one race-goer said.
While police presence is noticeable, other security measures mostly take place behind the scenes, and a majority of them deal with crowd control.
“We got our bags checked, and that’s great,” said Diane Bachack, a spectator. “It’s terrible that is has to be that way, but I feel good that it is.”
“They put a tag on my purse. You see it? It’s security. It says I went through inspection,” said Bobbie Brown, another spectator.
For runners, it was a race against time and Mother Nature as the clouds rolled in over Boston. Women’s winner Caroline Rochi crossed the finish line before the rained started, but the rest of the pack and spectators weren’t able to stay dry.
“Yesterday [the weather] was awesome as you know, and then we have to deal with this,” said Tony Bailey, another spectator. “I guess we get what we deserve. It’s 90 in Las Vegas.”
Still, the wet weather didn’t deter the onlookers.
“We’ve run a few other marathons with like six spectators,” Bailey added. “This is pretty cool.”
With the added police presence, there were no noticeable problems along the marathon route.