Akron, OH (September 24, 2013) – In an effort to ensure safe, secure and enjoyable events for participants, volunteers and spectators, the Akron Marathon has enhanced the security plan for its 11th annual events which will take place on Friday, September 27, and Saturday, September 28, 2013.
“Over the years, we have assembled a unified front consisting of Akron Police and Fire personnel, local, state and federal law enforcement, medical staff and volunteers,” said Michael Clar, Akron Marathon safety officer. “Every year new challenges arise and we continually look for ways to enhance our security plan.”
Although numerous precautions are taken each year to protect those present for race weekend, the Akron Marathon has made enhancements for 2013.
Backpacks are highly discouraged and all bags are subject to search in all race areas along the course.
The provided clear FedEx Custom Critical Gear Bags will be the only bags collected at Gear Check.
The Start Line and Finish Line will have athlete only areas. Non-participants will not be permitted in these areas which include the Start Line corrals and the Finisher Festival at the Finish Line.
There will be no family run-in at the finish line. Only athletes are permitted on the race course, including crossing the Finish Line.
Marathon organizers and Summit County Emergency Management officials have been preparing security for the events based on programs such as the National Incident Management System and Incident Command System, which provide a roadmap to help organizers and first responders of events anticipate problems, prevent incidents and take a multidisciplinary approach if problems arise.
The security committee includes representatives from Summit County Emergency Management Agency, Summa Health System, Summit County Sheriff’s Office, FBI / Homeland Security, Akron Police, Akron Fire / EMS and the Ohio State Patrol.
Enhanced security plans have been communicated with race participants through final instructions and emails, and signage will be available at race venues.