No Security Changes to Genworth Virginia 10 Miler
Lynchburg, VA - Lynchburg Police and the organizers of the Genworth Virginia 10 Miler say security won't be handled any differently this year, in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing.
More than 6,000 people are expected to participate in the race this Saturday, including volunteers and spectators, according to race director Jeff Fedorko.
Officers from the Lynchburg Police Department will also be part of that crowd.
"We'll be spread out throughout the whole entire course," said Master Police Officer Josh Collins. "We're still going to have a large contingency of officers."
This will be the second year Master Police Officer Josh Collins has worked the race. Officer Collins says there were no issues last year.
"We did not approach the safety of our participants, volunteers or spectators very differently than prior to what happened in Boston," said Fedorko.
"It's a large course and it's spread out over a large area so it would be hard to keep anybody from bringing anything in particular in," said Collins.
There is no banned items list.
"The volunteers have already been asked, if they see anything in any way suspicious, anything like that to please inform the police," said Collins.
"That is the most helpful thing, that you're aware of where police officers are located, which are at almost every intersection along the course, and that you listen to instructions," said Fedorko.
Police will have a command post in place on race day and will be able to talk to volunteers on the radio, so if anything happens along the route they'll know quickly.
In addition to the police and volunteers, the Virginia Defense Force and ROTC will also be stationed along the route.