Security heightened for this year's Boilermaker race

Boilermaker security is enhanced this year, in part because of incidents that have occurred recently in places where crowds have gathered elsewhere in the world.

Posted: Oct. 24, 2017 4:01 PM
Updated: Oct. 24, 2017 4:01 PM

UTICA - Boilermaker security is enhanced this year, in part because of incidents that have occurred recently in places where crowds have gathered elsewhere in the world.

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Those in charge of security for the Boilermaker Road Race say there are many more security personnel that you won’t see than the amount that you will see. They’re also enforcing new practices this year as well.

“We’ve enhanced a few things. We're using some hard barriers, like New York City has made it a common practice, Boston made it a common practice,” said Joe LaBella, assistant security director for the Boilermaker. “We started to integrate it here. We can't do it in one big hop; we have to do it in steps and we've done a bunch of it right now.”

Those “hard barriers” are large construction vehicles that will block vehicle access where the crowds are going to be.

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