BOSTON (WJZ) — Preparations continue for the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday. Law enforcement is amping up security, while several events mark one year since the bombings.
Linh Bui reports.
When tens of thousands of runners hit the 26.2 mile course, there will be heavy security–both on the ground and above. State police are increasing air patrols for the Boston Marathon, with high-powered infrared cameras mounted on choppers.
“This year, we just want for all the victims and all the survivors–to give them as safe a marathon as we possibly can,” said Eric Fairchild, Massachusetts State Police Air Wing.
It’s been a week of somber events, marking one year since the bombings. Thousands paid tribute on the anniversary of the tragedy, remembering the three people killed and hundreds of others injured.
Another emotional event happens shortly after the start of the marathon, when the Red Sox host the Orioles at Fenway Park. The O’s are proud to be part of this year’s Patriots’ Day game.
“For what that day represents to Boston and our country, I consider it, I think we all consider it, an honor to be lucky enough to have the schedule fall that way,” said Orioles manager Buck Showalter.
“We’re all going to reflect on what happened last year up there. Obviously, we’re there to play baseball. But there’s bigger things than baseball, and we understand that,” said Orioles relief pitcher Zach Britton.
With more runners registered and more spectators expected this year, Boston is moving forward from tragedy–stronger than ever.
Police say there will be double the number of officers from last year, 100 additional security cameras and bomb sniffing dogs.
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