More security for Festival Foods Grandad Half Marathon

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The bombing at the Boston Marathon has police and event coordinators reevaluating security plans for the Festival Foods Grandad Half Marathon.

The festivities kick off Friday with the Health and Fitness Expo at the Radisson Center in La Crosse starting at 4 p.m.

Other events include a 5-mile bike race, 5k run and a kids race.

As runners make the 13.1 mile trek through La Crosse this weekend, police and medical staff will have their eyes on the route.

“I’d like to think that we live in a safe community. Our officers and the event organizers, we you know plan as well as we can for the safety of everyone,” said Sgt. Randy Rank.

Sergeant Rank said there will be additional officers working to make sure nothing looks suspicious.

Event coordinators said unexpected circumstances can happen anytime and anywhere.

They also said they might feel safer knowing police and medical staff are there.

“Something can happen whether I’m walking across the street or whether I’m at a big event. So personally, I don’t feel any heightened risk being at the event as opposed to being anywhere else,” said Jessica Robey.

Runners said they’re looking forward to this weekend.

They see it as a way to honor people in Boston.

“I feel maybe that this is an event where we’re able to where the running communities are able to come out and really kind of show how strong we are, and also run in their memories and really kind of show our support by being out there,” said Ramon Martinez.

The Festival Foods Grandad Half Marathon starts at 8 a.m. Saturday in Grandad Park.

The half marathon ends at Riverside Park.

For a list of events and a map of the route, we’ve also set up a link on our web site.

They’ll also be selling wristbands at the Health and Fitness Expo Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Proceeds will go to help people in Boston.


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