Officials with the Drake Relays don’t expect to make any changes in their security plan in the wake of Monday’s bomb attack at the Boston Marathon. Drake will offer three road races on Sunday, April 28th and director Brian Brown says the Relays already coordinates its security plan with local, state and federal officials.
“Every year there’s an emergency plan, every year there’s great coordination between all of the entities, not just Drake, but certainly the city,” Brown says. “We feel very confident that we continue to present an event that is safe. There’s nothing more important than that. Certainly yesterday’s event is very sad, but we feel like we’re prepared.”
The Relays expanded by a day to offer a 6K, 10K, and half marathon on Sunday. The change will allow all three road races to finish in Drake Stadium and Brown says the new courses for this year required a new security plan. Brown says overall it’s not much different for what they do for any other events they hold on campus.
Brown says law enforcement officials have not recommended any changes in the wake on Monday’s attack in Boston.
“If there is anything that changes in terms of our preparation and our emergency plan, if it changes to where we need to inform the public of something that is different, we’ll make sure the public is aware,” Brown says. He says they are constantly looking at their plans and making changes every year to update them.