Des Moines Marathon officials say there are a few changes to this year’s race following the Boston Marathon bombing.
Officials say there will be a heightened level of security at the event with officers in uniform, those that blend into the crowd and more private security firms.
Organizers are also encouraging runners to keep personal items in their vehicles and avoid using the baggage claim if possible.
If athletes do used the baggage claim, all items must be in clear bags. This year those bags will also be subject to a search.
“Now it’s more of keeping an eye on the items we’re keeping an eye on during the race,” says race director, Chris Burch. “It’s just updating the policies we’ve already had in place, creating new ones that really cater to the times that are out there and just making sure we’re prepared and responsible for whatever happens on race day.”
Anyone attending is encouraged to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious.