With large police presence, Boston Marathon spectators feel safe

Estimated 1 million spectators lined route from Hopkinton to Boston

Boston Marathon
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BOSTON (WWLP) – Excitement was in the air Monday, as thousands of spectators spent the day in Boston cheering on the runners in this year’s Boston Marathon.

All eyes were on the Marathon route Monday, as thirty thousand runners made their way from the start line in Hopkinton to Boylston Street in Boston.

Boston Marathon organizers estimated that as many as one million spectators lined the race route Monday. On Boylston Street, you could see thousands of spectators lining the last leg of the Marathon course – taking in the sunshine and cheering on the runners as they inched closer to the finish line. This year, more than 30,000 participants from all over the world took part in the Boston Marathon.

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26.2 miles Is a lot of territory to cover, for both the runners and police. 22News asked spectator Christine Drew, who traveled in from Canada, whether she felt safe so close to the finish line, just three years after the bombings.

“We’ve talked to quite a few officers along the way. We stopped in Hopkinton and we had our pictures taken with the officers, and they did encourage us and stated that we will be safe,” Drew said.

There were 5,000 uniformed and undercover police officers patrolling the entire Marathon route Monday, making sure runners, spectators and volunteers were safe.

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