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Boston Marathon details security near finish line

Boston Marathon

Archivist Marta Crilly holds a poster, an artifact saved from the makeshift Boston Marathon bombing memorial, at the City Archives in Boston, Massachusetts March 27, 2014. Archivists in Boston used to handling documents ranging from budget records to minutes of city council meetings, along with an occasional file dating to the city’s 17th-century founding, have spent the last year processing thousands of sneakers, T-shirts and letters. These are the mementos left behind at an impromptu memorial built at the site of the 2013 bombing attack on the Boston Marathon, which killed three people and injured 264 at the race’s crowded finish line. The makeshift shrine began in the days after the April 15 attack, as visitors and residents left tributes along the metal barricades erected by the police to fence off the site as they searched for clues about the bombers. Next week, several hundred of the items - including four wooden crosses memorializing the three who died in the blasts and a university police officer who was shot dead a few days later in a related incident - will be displayed at Copley Square, this time inside the library for an exhibit that will run from April 7-May 11 2014. Picture taken March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SPORT ATHLETICS CIVIL UNREST) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 24 OF 24 FOR PACKAGE ‘RELICS OF THE BOSTON MARATHON’ TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH ‘SNYDER ARTIFACT’


Increased security over the final two miles of the Boston Marathon will include police at 40 to 50 checkpoints along Boylston Street from Massachusetts Avenue to the finish line, according to the Boston Globe.

There will be more uniformed and undercover police officers along the marathon route, too, officials said at a press conference Saturday.

The 118th Boston Marathon on April 21 comes one year after bombings killed three people and injured more than 260 near the finish on Boylston Street.

Some 36,000 runners — 9,000 more than last year — and perhaps more than one million spectators are expected for the 26.2-mile race on Patriots’ Day.

They will face measures such as 3,500 police officers — uniformed and in plain clothes and more than double last year’s amount, according to The Associated Press. Also, bomb-sniffing dogs, more surveillance cameras and increased barriers separating runners from spectators.

There will be more than 100 security cameras and 13 ambulances on the Boston portion of the marathon, with 50 observation points to monitor the crowd. Plus, 140 emergency medical service workers on foot, bike and vehicles and in medical tents, according to the AP and the newspaper.

With the increased security, race organizers hope to preserve the traditional character of the event.

Also Saturday, an estimated 3,000 people gathered at the finish line for a Sports Illustrated shoot for a cover marking the anniversary of the bombings.

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