Society
7:51 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Illinois Marathon Weighing Security Concerns

Credit www.uni.illinois.edu

Officials at the Illinois Marathon in Champaign and Urbana say they will meet Wednesday to talk about security ahead of their April 27 event after explosions at the Boston Marathon.

Illinois Marathon Race Director Jan Seeley says some runners and their relatives are already calling with concerns. Seeley says it is unlikely the Illinois Marathon will be called off. But race emergency services coordinator Scott Friedlein says security measures such as bomb-sniffing dogs are being discussed.

The event draws as many as 20,000 runners to a series of races at different lengths. That includes about 3,000 registered for the marathon itself.