Bomb sweeps, bag searches, more police planned for Third River Bank Run in West Michigan
Police ask runners, spectators to limit bags at May 11 event
Officials say bomb sweeps, bag searches and an increased police presence are planned for the Fifth Third River Bank Run in West Michigan following the Boston Marathon bombings.
The Grand Rapids Press reports police are asking runners and spectators to limit any bags they might bring to the May 11 event.
Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk told the City Commission that coordination with the FBI revealed "nothing that has added to our concern" about public safety at the race. Still, he says new measures are planned.
Belk says area law enforcement will help give the annual event its largest ever security force. He asked runners and spectators to have a "heightened sense of awareness."
The River Bank Run includes 15- 10- and 5-kilometer events.
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