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Illinois Marathon to Go On as Planned
We are 11 days away from the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon. The marathon will go on as planned, but co-director Jan Seeley said today's tragic events bring a whole new meaning to the word "security."
More than 18,000 people are expected to run in this year's race. In past years, emergency personnel, including state police and local fire departments, worked the marathon. Organizers said the number of personnel working could now increase.
Security for the marathon usually means people-moving and making sure runners, volunteers, and fans know where to go. Now, with the explosions happening at the Boston Marathon, Illinois Marathon organizers said they will have to add to their current security measures.
"Bag searches, having more security in the stadium," Seeley said. "I mean, those are the things we're going to have to think about and we'll be meeting about them."
Seeley said several people from our community participated in today's Boston Marathon, including race committee member Pat Mills and his wife.
As of 5 p.m., Seeley has not gotten a hold of him, but she has been able to reach others she knows who are out there.