Safety Precautions for the Rockford Marathon

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- More security and mandatory bag checks may be some of the ideas organizers think about for the Rockford Marathon which is just a few weeks away. Safety isn’t the only concern for organizers who say the Boston bombings could affect how many residents choose to volunteer.

Rockford’s marathon is still scheduled for May 19th, downtown, where more than 2,000 runners are expected to participate. Organizers are considering a few security options, but they’ll need local spectators to be the extra eyes and ears in the area. We spoke with the volunteer coordinator who believes some participants will drop out due to Boston’s tragic bombings, however he says yesterday’s events could also attract more residents to help.

“Personally knowing the running community, I think we’ll have more involvement. I think more people will participate and are proud of Rockford putting on a race of this scale as well as the other races,” said Volunteer Coordinator Bernie Burke.

It’s still too early to tell if any specific security changes will be made and what those will be. The Rockford Police Departments says at this time no extra officers will be hired to patrol the marathon event next month.

It’s not too late to sign up as a volunteer for the Rockford Marathon. To become a volunteer, email volunteer coordinator Bernie Burke at

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