Irving Marathon ramps up race-day security in wake of Boston tragedy
As the GE Irving Marathon prepares for its inaugural run on April 27, officials have announced heightened security measures. The race day, which will feature 5K, 10K, 1 mile, half-marathon and full marathon courses in Las Colinas, falls just two weeks after the bombing of the Boston Marathon that left at least three people dead and more than 100 injured near the finish line.
In an email to race participants on April 15, race director Ronnie Chesko expressed sorrow for the tragedy in the Northeast and promised vigilance in North Texas.
"Over the coming days we will be working with local and federal law enforcement officials to identify and address any potential gaps in our current Crisis Prevention and Response protocols," Chesko wrote. "We are deeply touched by the already overwhelming response of compassion and love for those who were injured or lost their lives while pursuing our shared passion of running."
The Irving Marathon recently became a Boston qualifying race, meaning that runners who meet the time requirements earn a spot in the 2014 Boston Marathon.
There are two packet pick-up dates remaining: April 20 at Sports Authority in Irving and April 26 at the Irving Convention Center. Packets will also be available on race day at the site of the course.