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Lansing Marathon Will Continue

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We are now just six days away from Lansing's second marathon.

Thousands are expected to be in attendance for the 26 mile race. A 5K is scheduled for Saturday and as our Nick Perreault found out both police and the race director say Monday's tragic event in Boston will make them think twice about planning, but not cancel the race.

Plans for Lansing's second marathon have been in the works nearly a year and after Monday's deadly terror attack during Boston's marathon, the race here will now require even more planning.

"It certainly sends a light bulb on that you have to be on top of your game all the time," said Lansing Police Chief Teresa Szymanski.

Chief Szymanski says extra officers will be stationed along the route to keep an eye on the situation, because even with the horrific events in Boston, the race in Lansing is definitely a go.

"We have no intelligence information or anything that would not prevent it from going on, so we are just going to be sharp, we're going to work together, we're going to work together and keep this community safe," Szymanski said.

"Our volunteers will throughout the finish area and will be looking for anything that looks unusual," said Race Director Owen Anderson.

Race director Owen Anderson says the 600 volunteers on hand will be ready to assist the 2000 runners and spectators with radio's and medic's from the start to the finish.

"Medical personnel are on call, we do have a medical tent in the finish area, so we will be ready," Anderson said.

And Anderson says crews will set up on the day of the event and they expect that will help with security.

"So there is no opportunity for anyone to come in or overnight to put anything in the start finish area and we will be monitoring and very very vigilant."

To make sure Lansing's marathon hits it's stride with success.

A 5k will be held Saturday with Lansing's half and full marathon on Sunday with Activities starting at 8 am.

 

 

 

 

Race director Owen Anderson says he's "shocked" by the explosions at the Boston Marathon and "horrified by what's happened" - but Lansing's second marathon will continue.

We're now just six days away from the Lansing's second marathon, in which at least 2.000 runners are expected to compete.

Over the last year, committee members have worked with Lansing police discussing safety precautions for the 26.2 mile run on Sunday, including how they set up for the race.

Anderson - who doesn't own a TV and learned about Boston from a 6 News reporter - wants Lansing runners to be assured safety is their number one concern.

"We set up the morning of the race, everything set up everything, start and finish Sunday morning, so there is no opportunity come in over night or the day before and put anything in the start finish area, and we'll be very very vigilant," said Race Director Owen Anderson.

Anderson says medical staff will be on hand at the finish line as well as numerous police officers throughout the course.

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