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VIDEO: Safety measures increased for Kalamazoo Marathon after Boston attacks


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) – In the final days leading up to the 2013 Kalamazoo Marathon, race director Blaine Lam stays confident that runners and spectators will enjoy a safe race. Lam admits that in light of the events that took place in Boston, security has since been increased. “It should be noted,” Lam says, “that few if any events in the greater Kalamazoo already receive more emergency attention than this one”.

Along with the 155 police officers that will be on-duty at Sunday’s marathon, the Office of Emergency Management will be involved, including a mobile command center at the finish line, seven dedicated emergency channels, and a medical team that includes only physicians and nurses at our medical stations and the finish line.

“We do everything from equip our emergency rooms with special meds to having AEDs throughout the course” Lam said. “Naturally, we plan primarily for weather- related incidents, but with emergency planning you're gearing up for anything.”

Stay connected to all the updates regarding the 2013 Kalamazoo Marathon by going to our Everything Kalamazoo Marathon page here. Receive marathon updates instantly to your phone by texting MARATHON to 80373. Standard Message and data rates apply.