The security team for the Utica Boilermaker is already considering changes to its security plan for the upcoming race on July 14th following the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday.
Event organizers are using all resources at their disposal to ensure the safety of all participants and spectators. Event Director Jim Stasaitis said the event will work with the Sheriff's Department, New York State Police, Utica police, fire officials, EMS workers, and park officials.
"It's always been a hometown race, and you don't worry about these things in Utica," said Stasaitis. "But now we're on the world stage with the Boilermaker, and things like this can happen. So we're definitely going to be beefing up security this year. We're going to have to rewrite the book, basically."
Boilermaker organizers are also turning to authorities out of state for guidance. "We'll sit back, we'll analyze it," said Boilermaker PR Director Mary MacEnroe. "We'll be talking probably with the authorities in Boston to also make sure that we have a safe race."
Stasaitis also emphasized how tightnight the running community is, so Monday's events in Boston certainly hit home for runners in Central New York.