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Security 'overlay' will protect runners, spectators Oklahoma City marathon

Local, Oklahoma and federal agencies are sending officers to secure the entire 26-mile route.
by William Crum Modified: April 25, 2013 at 9:33 pm •  Published: April 26, 2013
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“If they bring it, they need to stay with it and not abandon it by the side of the road or by the side of the spectators,” Gillum said. Bags will be subject to scrutiny by law enforcement, he said.

“We emphasize the adage that's been around since Sept. 11: ‘If you see something suspicious, say something,'” he said. “The security overlay that we have in place will actually provide a uniformed, professional police officer on site for them to say something to.”

Security staffing

Agencies sending officers include the Oklahoma Highway Patrol; Oklahoma City, Nichols Hills and The Village police; and the Oklahoma and Cleveland County sheriff's offices. Members of the military also will help out, Gillum said.

Gillum declined to say exactly how many officers will be deployed: “There's a lot of people.”

Oklahoma City police spokesman Capt. Dexter Nelson said it would be some time before the city has figures on how many of its officers serve on the security force or how much it costs.

Eckstein said the memorial's budget for security is $21,000, unchanged from last year.

Runners' gear

Runners will receive a clear plastic bag to store gear in during the marathon, Gillum said. Gear will be subject to search before being moved to the finish line area, where runners will claim their belongings.

“We have no reason,” he said, “to believe it's going to be anything other than a beautiful day and a beautiful race and a way to honor the 168 victims of the Murrah bombing in 1995 and to remember those victims of the recent Boston tragedy.”

by William Crum
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OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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We have no reason to believe it's going to be anything other than a beautiful day and a beautiful race and a way to honor the 168 victims of the Murrah bombing in 1995 and to remember those victims of the recent Boston tragedy.”

Leon Gillum,
Security director of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum

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