CHICAGO MARATHON: Race Runs Smoothly

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Nearly 4,500 Chicago Marathon runners hit the pavement Sunday morning.

The atmosphere surrounding the run was a bit different.  In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, security measures were much stricter for the Chicago race.

Aside from a stronger presence from police at the race, new security measures went into effect, like those requiring all runners carry their belongings in a clear plastic bag.

Efforts to keep the area safe won’t stop after the race is over, organizers said.

“We’re asking everyone to be vigilant as they would be today for tomorrow and the week after the marathon,” said Race Director Carey Pinkowski.

“The team we’re working with is experience with this, our contracted security work on the NFL protocol and their procedures.  We’ve had some of our staff work at Soldier Field,” Pinkowski said.

All of the preparations for the Chicago Marathon paid off, Sunday’s race went off without a hitch.