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Local police preparing security for Glass City Marathon

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

We're just days away fromSunday's Glass City Marathon, but runners aren't the only ones who have beenpreparing for it.

Local police departmentshave been working hard to put a security plan together to help keep you safeduring the event.

The University of ToledoPolice Chief Jeff Newton says they've been working on a security plan formonths, so they're prepared to keep all 26.2 miles of the race secure.

"We have to plan foreverything," said Chief Newton.  "We haveto plan for weather emergencies or any other occurrence that could jeopardizethe safety of the runners."

Chief Newton says lawenforcement agencies like his have to think of every possible scenario.  He added that the Boston Marathon bombingfrom last year is still fresh on everyone's mind, and has prompted them to rampup their own security.

"Some of it will be veryvisible… some of it you will not be able to see," said Chief Newton.

Cameras, canines and extraofficers all make up parts of the security plan.

The race goes through Toledo,Ottawa Hills and Sylvania, and Chief Newton says one key component to keepingeveryone safe is communication between those departments.

"It's important that weget together and talk even more so now than in previous years based on what welearned from Boston and the growth of the Marathon," he said.

The number of participantsin this year's race have more than tripled since 2009, and Chief Newton saysthis year's race has more security than they've ever had before.

Police say as long aspeople stay informed about where to park and what they can and can't bring tothe race, there shouldn't be any issues.

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