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Security Tightened Ahead of Marathon

Public safety officials announce new plans for increased security at the upcoming Boston Marathon.
(NBC News)  Saying they want this year's race to have the same festive atmosphere as in years past while creating a safer event, state and local police in Massachusetts have unveiled sweeping changes in Boston Marathon security.

"We are confident that the overall experience of the runners and spectators will not be impacted and all will enjoy a fun, festive, family orientated day," said Undersecretary of Homeland Security Kurt Schwartz.

Organizers expect 36,000 runners, 9,000 more than last year, and up to a million spectators along the 26.2 mile route.

They will see more uniformed police officers, many accompanied by bomb sniffing dogs.. 
Organizers expect 36,000 runners, 9,000 more than last year, and up to a million spectators along the 26.2 mile route.

They will see more uniformed police officers, many accompanied by bomb sniffing dogs.. 

There will be more plain clothes officers, security cameras and 400 National Guard M.P's helping with traffic and crowd control.

"Our plan is layered and emphasizes preventing any type of criminal or hostile act at this year's marathon," Schwartz said.

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