BOSTON (WWLP) – Hundreds of thousands of people, including spectators and participants, are expected to come to Boston for Monday’s marathon; and with the crowds comes extra security.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said, “We will have, like last year, we’ll have police officers on the route, undercover on the streets and we’re asking you to work with the police department.”
There will be several security checkpoints for spectators around the city and undercover officers along the route. They will implement new tactics this year, including drones above the race and large trucks to prevent cars from driving into crowds.
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said, “We learned a lot of lessons from the tragedy that we had back in 2013. We’ve got quite an extensive crew of eyes and ears on that race both physically as well as surveillance.”
In addition to increased security, Boston Emergency Services are also increasing their staff on race day. Boston EMS Chief James Hooley said, “We are aware that any big event, 4th of July or a big holiday, brings us challenges and more people in town, so we’ve beefed up considerably for that.”
125 additional emergency workers will be prepared near the route, as well as 14 additional ambulances throughout the city. Medical tents will be set up downtown to handle minor cases of runners and spectators to keep emergency rooms from getting overcrowded. Boston hospitals have also increased their staff for Monday.
Several roads will be closed along the Boston Marathon route so city police recommend parking your car outside of the city and coming in on public transportation, if you plan to come to Boston for the marathon.