UTICA -- At the first official Boilermaker meeting of the season, organizers discussed safety precautions they are taking.
Organizers say they have been working hard to ensure the safety of runners, spectators, and volunteers.
Race director Jim Stasaitis says Boilermaker staff meets monthly to discuss security for the race.
Some security measures include increased law enforcement.
Stasaitis says that after the Boston Marathon bombings, it's important to take as many safety precautions as possible.
"Just because of the global situation. You can't just say this is little old Utica, it's not going to happen,” Stasaitis said. “We want safety first for our runners, our volunteers, and all the spectators. We're tweaking things all the time. We have security meetings, monthly security meetings, we have 10 months before. So we've been having a lot. We’ve had six security meetings already."
If you do plan on attending this year’s Boilermaker, organizers and law enforcement want you to avoid bringing bags, backpacks, coolers, and packages.
There will be a baggage truck, but only for runners in the 15K race. Runners who are checking bags must place their items in a clear plastic bag.
The boilermaker race is set to take place July 8th. Organizers say they want everyone to stay safe and to have a good time!
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