Planners take close look at security in Olathe marathon - KCTV5

Planners take close look at security in Olathe marathon

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OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -

There is a big race in the metro this weekend, and now planners are taking a close look at their security.

On Saturday, cars will clear the streets and give way to about 3,000 racers competing in the 10th annual Garmin Marathon in Olathe, an event that serves as a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.

Normally the runners only have to worry about getting across the finish line.  But in light of what happened Monday at the Boston Marathon, it is safe to say many athletes will have a lot more on their minds.

"Just to cause undo suffering and tragedy like that is beyond words," said Tim Danneberg, spokesman for the city of Olathe.

Danneberg watched the news unfold in disbelief but quickly turned his attention to the upcoming race.

He wouldn't give any specifics on their security procedures or if they'll be making any changes, saying only that it is a constant work in progress.

"It is very early. We are consistently evaluating and will do what is appropriate and do what puts us in a responsible position," he said.

Danneberg says they usually spend most their time making sure athletes are safe from any wayward traffic along the 26-mile route. Monday's events in Boston change that equation.

Now, Danneberg is working to assure anyone planning on coming to the race this weekend that city leaders are doing everything they can to make sure things run smoothly.

"Nothing is more important than the safety of our participants the crowds the motorists neighbors. We will be working very hard as we always do to make sure it's a wonderful and successful event," Danneberg said.

The race kicks off at 7 a.m. Saturday. In addition to the marathon, there is also a half marathon, 5K and a children's race. 

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