GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The director of the Fifth Third River Bank Run discussed how the event handles safety in the wake of a bombing at the Boston Marathon that left two people dead and dozens more injured.
Runners have packed downtown Grand Rapids for the past 36 years. More than 21,000 are expected for this year's River Bank Run.
Director Kristin Aidif said an incident like the one in Boston is organizers' "worst nightmare." She said Grand Rapids organizers work all year to make sure the event is safe, coordinating with police and medical staff.
Grand Rapids organizers are waiting to hear what was behind the deadly blasts at the Boston finish line to see if changes are needed in the race here.
"Once we find out what happened, then we're going to be able to take that information, look at our current plans and say, 'OK, how does this apply to Grand Rapids?" said Aidif.
After Sept. 11, 2001, she said, she met with Chicago Marathon organizers to get ideas to keep the race safe.
"Everything from pulling in large pieces of construction equipment to line their finish line, clearing manhole covers to make sure that there was nothing hidden, specific placing of trash cans to minimize risk," she explained.
The River Bank Run is scheduled for May 11.
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