Marathon security will be tight
Security will be heightened for Sunday's running of the Buffalo Marathon. Planning for the marathon has been ongoing virtually since the end of last year's run. But everything changed on April 15th. That was the date two terrorists set off bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda says they're prepared.
"We have a very good plan in place," said Derenda. "But I won't talk about the specifics."
Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard says there will be a visible police presence this year.
"Our helicopter will be deployed. Both our marine units will be a part of it," said Howard. "We'll also have our mounted units and road patrol deputies, plus reserve volunteers helping with this."
Race organizers say runners won't be able to bring anything to the starting area that they don't plan to run with. And all bags will be checked for people entering the Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center for the post race party.