Officials reviewing Pittsburgh Marathon security‘‘We will be going into meetings between now and race day to discuss security and what else we can do to ensure runners’ safety,’’ race director Patrice Matamoros said.
Next month’s race is expected to draw about 28,000 runners and up to 50,000 spectators and it figured to be a topic of conversation at the city’s public safety chiefs’ regular monthly meeting on Tuesday even before the Boston bombings.
... and hired a crisis management team that created game plans to deal with everything from traffic jams and water shortages to bombings.
Race organizers spend about $160,000 to hire 350 on-duty police officers and 200 more security guards, Matamoros said. The race route is checked for suspicious devices and packages, bomb-sniffing dogs inspect people at the starting line, and bike-riding observers and surveillance cameras are used to keep an eye on things during the race.