Organizers scrutinize Beach to Beacon security

1:10 AM, May 7, 2013   |    comments
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CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Security at Maine's premiere road race is being scrutinized after the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Race organizers held a conference Monday to talk about possible changes to race security.

Race President Dave Weatherbie spoke, saying that Race Director Dave McGillivary would be meeting with local police chiefs to review security. McGillivary was also the director of the Boston Marathon.

Weatherbie says any changes proposed during the security review will be balanced with the considerations of the residents of Cape Elizabeth who live on the race course.

Joan Benoit Samuelson also addressed reporters. She spoke more of the emotional impact of the bombings in the running community.

"I have run a lot of races around the world," Samuelson said, "and it's crossed my mind before that terrorism is a possibility in a marathon or any sporting event for that matter." She continued, her voice hitching a bit "And it's just very upsetting that it had to happen to us."

Samuelson says that when it comes down to the race, she expects to see some solid performances from Americans. She expects several who are heading to the world championships in Russia will use the Beach to Beacon as a training ground.


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