FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) - Wright-Patterson Air Force Base officials say security will be tighter for this weekend's Air Force Marathon in light of the Boston Marathon bombings.
"You will notice some visible changes in the number of people, number of uniforms," says 88th Air Base Wing Commander Cassie Barlow. "Some of the changes will be very visible and others won't be so visible."
Barlow says all runners and spectators will be searched as they head toward the starting line.
People will also have to walk through metal detectors.
Our partners at the Fairborn Daily Herald confirm an increased Fairborn Police presence prior to and during the marathon events as well.
More than 15,000 runners and spectators are expected to attend.
As those runners get ready for their big day, marathon officials are in a race of their own to secure a more than 26 mile route.
""Our highest priority is everybody is safe and taken care of and we're doing everything in our power to make that happen," says Air Force Marathon Marketing Specialist Tiffany Johnson.
Johnson says the Air Force Marathon has an advantage over other races when it comes to keeping runners safe.
"Because we're on an active military base a lot of things these places are implementing have already been in place for years," Johnson says.
Among those things are the clear bags runners get, making it harder to sneak anything in.
2 NEWS wanted to know if the increased security measures are enough to make runners feel safe.
"You never know what's going to happen but I'm pretty sure the race is going to be secure," says runner Vido Norng.
But will Boston be in the back of runners' minds as they push toward that next mile?
"I don't think anybody's worried about that or fearful of that," says runner Brian Blakenship. "We've got a lot of great security folks out there."
As runners like Alan Johnson picked up their bibs Thursday, security concerns weren't what they were focused on.
"You can't lock yourself up," Johnson says. "There's no 100 percent security anywhere."
At 69-years old, Johnson is running the half marathon, which is 13.1 miles.
"I'm just going to keep one foot in front of the other," Johnson says.
That's what marathon officials want him and other runners to be worried about, while they keep an eye on everything else surrounding the race.
"We've planned for this event, we've prepared for this event, we've trained for this event," Barlow says.
The full and half marathons will be Saturday morning with the 5K being held on Friday night.
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