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Boston Marathon 2014: What Will Be Different This Year

Expect more security screenings and police barricades


On Monday, 36,000 people will take part in the Boston Marathon 2014.

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Unlike previous years, the Boston Marathon 2014 will be tinged with painful memories of the terrorist attack that killed three people and injured dozens at last year’s marathon. To help the city recover, and prevent any other malevolent acts, Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray explains in the Boston Globe that race officials have coordinated with “federal, state and local safety partners” to ensure that the Boston Marathon 2014 goes off without a hitch.

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According to McGillivray, the Boston Marathon 2014 has “set the gold standard in the industry.” He notes that this year’s marathon will feature 9,000 more runners, making the 2014 Boston Marathon the second largest in the race’s history.

McGillivray notes that security will be a lot tighter this year. The Boston Marathon 2014 will feature checkpoints at which both spectators and race participants will be screened. Police will be placing more crowd control barricades along the race route. People attending or running in the marathon are advised to adjust their schedules for longer security screening times. McGillivray says people should be “patient with the process.”

The Boston Marathon 2014 is expected to draw more than one million spectators. Runners will start the race in four waves, with more time added between each wave.

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