Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Bridge Run organizers to revisit security measures after Boston Marathon explosions

Executive director looking for 'the very best possible plan' for 2014

Posted by Paul Bowers on Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 1:05 PM

The organizers of the Cooper River Bridge Run announced today that they would be reviewing security measures for next year's race after a pair of explosions killed three people and injured dozens at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

"We want to assure everyone that we have, and will continue, to focus on preventative measures to keep our participants safe," said Julian Smith, executive director of the Bridge Run. "Safety is our top priority. We will be reviewing our security measures to ensure that we have the very best possible plan in place and will make any necessary enhancements.” According to a press release, the topic of "expanded security and precautionary planning" has been placed at the top of the agenda for an upcoming Bridge Run retreat in June.

"We work together with the police departments in Mount Pleasant and Charleston as well as appropriate County, State and Federal authorities each year to ensure our streets, event venues, waterways and our bridge is safe and will continue to do so," Smith said.

The Cooper River Bridge Run, one of the most popular 10-kilometer races in the country, included more than 30,000 participants this year. The next Bridge Run is scheduled for April 5, 2014.

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