Increased security at Uticaâ??s Boilermaker Race will include bomb-sniffing K-9 unit

At the request of race officials and local law enforcement, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer said Tuesday that he has secured a bomb-sniffing K-9 unit for the Boilermaker Road Race in Utica.

The K-9, from the U.S. Marshalâ??s office in Rochester, is part of enhanced security at this yearâ??s Boilermaker Road Race, scheduled for July 14.

Additional security changes include limiting the start area of the 15k and 5k races to only those with running bibs, prohibiting the use of large bags and coolers, and enforcing a new limit of two and a half hours to complete the race.

Schumer said the race coordinators requested his assistance as they looked to tighten security. He says security will be up over 120% from last yearâ??s event, according to the Utica Police Department. There will be 110 law enforcement officials from seven different agencies on duty for the race.

The changes were prompted by the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15.

â??When it comes to security, I follow the Boy Scoutsâ?? motto: that you can never be too prepared. The tragic events during the Boston Marathon were a reminder that we must always be vigilant, and the Boilermaker Road Race is no exception," said Schumer in a media release.

About 18,000 runners are expected to participate on July 14.