By Stella Porter and Emelia Rohl
|In the last month, three terror attacks have shocked the country. Two weeks ago, just days before the New York Marathon, Sayfullo Saipov drove a truck into bikers in Manhattan and killed eight people. Despite this, the Madison Marathon went off without a hitch last Sunday.
In light of the recent terrorism, UWPD has taken a hard look at their security policies for large local events like the Madison Marathon.
“Some of our focus has turned to the outside of events. You look at what happened at the Ariana Grande concert, and that wasn’t a targeted event inside the concert venue, it happened outside,” says UWPD spokesman Marc Lovicott.
There was still great turnout at the Madison Marathon and Half Marathon, with runners lining up for a brisk 7:10 start time at the Capitol. Runners were given a special sheet with color coded flags which represent different security threat levels.
Half marathon runner Melanie Smrstick says, “Um well there was a lot of police present and a lot of security implemented in the beginning and I felt safe, I felt like everybody did a really good job. And the runners we were given like a sheet too with like a breakdown.”
While police say that security is important, there hasn’t been a major increase. Things went smoothly last Sunday.