No changes made to security plan for Gettysburg Marathon
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -
No changes have been made to the security plan for the Gettysburg marathon in the wake of the bombings near the finish line for the Boston Marathon on Monday.
"We certainly will be on heightened awareness, as I'm sure all events will be for sometime," Ladd said.
The Gettysburg North-South Marathon, which race director Lowell Ladd said will likely have 800 to 900 participants, will be run on April 28 through the historic battlefields.
Ladd emphasized that the Gettysburg race will start and end in Gettysburg Borough, which is not a large population center like Boston. He also said that the number of spectators will likely be numbered in the hundreds rather than the hundreds of thousands that show up for the Boston Marathon.
Ladd said borough police will assist with road closures for the race but will likely not be able to provide additional coverage because of their size.
In Pennsylvania, state police cannot be hired to provide security but will come in if they deem it necessary. Tuesday afternoon, State Police Trooper Robert Hicks said there were no plans for state police to help provide security at the marathon.