Marathon security: Boston mayor urges vigilance

The 119th Boston Marathon is the second since the deadly bombings in 2013

BOSTON (WPRI) — Boston Mayor Martin Walsh was among the city officials outlining security measures in effect for Monday’s running of the Boston Marathon.

The 119th Boston Marathon is the second since the deadly bombings in 2013 killed three people near the finish line on Boylston Street.

“The Marathon is a major international athletic contest, and a celebration of all that we love about Boston,” said Mayor Walsh. “We have worked together collaboratively, with the Boston Police Department, and all of our partners, to keep everyone safe. We also ask the public for vigilance, and are encouraging everyone, if you see something, say something.”

About 30,000 runners are expected to participate in the race, along with more than a million spectators.

The public safety measures being taken include:

  • Boston Police Department (BPD) will have uniformed and undercover officers along the marathon route.
  • More than 100 cameras will be active along the Boston portion of the marathon route, and upwards of 50 observation points will be set up around the finish line area in the Back Bay to monitor the crowd.
  • Spectators are encouraged to leave large items such as backpacks and strollers at home. These items are not banned; however, individuals may be subject to search.
  • Call 9-1-1 in an emergency situation and follow @bostonpolice for race safety updates.
  • Boston Fire will have walking patrols along the course to respond to incidents. Patrols can call-in additional assets, utilizing the alleys and adjacent roadways to the course. Air quality monitoring will also be carried out along the route.
  • Boston Fire will stage its specialized units for Tech Rescue, Haz Mat, Decon, and additional apparatus at strategic locations on both sides of the course.

Police Commissioner Bill Evans said that even though the race is Monday, many of the security measures and road closures will be in effect for the weekend, starting Friday.

“We’re gonna have undercover officers as well as bomb-detection dogs throughout the route. It’s a plan that worked very well last year, and we anticipate it working well,” he said.

Even though rainy conditions forced the cancellation of some events – including the unveiling of the finish line and the presentation of top bib numbers – The Boston Athletic Association will still hold some other events Friday afternoon.


  • John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo and Athlete Number Pick-Up
    Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02115
    The 38th annual John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo features more than 200 exhibitors. Registered athletes pick up their official bib numbers from 2 – 7 p.m.
  • B.A.A. 5K and B.A.A. Invitational Mile Press Conference
    Fairmont Copley Plaza, Venetian Room
    This press conference from 2:30 – 3:15 p.m. will feature top athletes in the B.A.A. 5K and B.A.A. Invitational Mile, run on Saturday, April 18.

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