Security Tightened For 20th Philadelphia Marathon

Security Tightened For 20th Philadelphia Marathon

Posted: Updated:
PHILADELPHIA -

Athletes are lacing up their sneakers in preps for this weekend's 20th annual Philadelphia Marathon.

The premier race has plenty of fun for the entire family. But along with it comes stepped up security.

Thousands will hit the streets during the weekend for various races, and the city is taking every precaution to keep everyone safe.

FOX 29's Jeff Cole walked us through the enhanced security measures Friday night.

In all, 30,000 participants are expected to pound the pavement in the marathon. But while city leaders put a cheerful face on the event, the horrible specter of the Boston Marathon bombing hangs heavy.

An official in the Nutter Administration tried gamely to rouse the crowd gathered for the race kickoff. But the fact that clear plastic bags will be given to runners is evidence of the security concerns.

Unlike last year, security checkpoints will appear between 20th and 25th streets on the Ben Franklin Parkway, where volunteers will screen runners, and those carrying backpacks and coolers will be turned away.

Police will take up positions along the 26.2-mile route on the lookout for anything suspicious. Leave a bag unattended say police, it's gone.

On Friday, Mayor Nutter spoke of the Marathon's success over two decades, saying the marathon has seen amazing growth both in registration and in reputation because of the ongoing mission, which has been to provide runners with the best possible experience.

Organizers say a helicopter will be used to monitor the crowd and security cameras will be rolling all in an effort to try to make sure the deadly attack in Boston is not repeated here, Cole reported.

  • Jeff Cole ReportsMore>>

  • Police: Thieves Posed As Cops, Stole $100K From Distribution Center

    Police: Thieves Posed As Cops, Stole $100K From Distribution Center

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:50 PM EDT2014-08-27 21:50:10 GMT
    Police are investigating a six-figure robbery at a distribution center in the city's Fishtown section. They say two thieves made their way in posing as cops.It appears the suspects knew where the place was, and knew how the operation was once they got inside.Chief Inspector Scott Small told reporters that police were called to the Kawa Food Distribution Center in the Fishtown section north of the city center shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday.Investigators said the center was preparing to open wh...
    Police are investigating a six-figure robbery at a distribution center in the city's Fishtown section. They say two thieves made their way in posing as cops.It appears the suspects knew where the place was, and knew how the operation was once they got inside.Chief Inspector Scott Small told reporters that police were called to the Kawa Food Distribution Center in the Fishtown section north of the city center shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday.Investigators said the center was preparing to open wh...
  • FOX 29 Investigates: Former Scout Leader Accused of Abuse

    FOX 29 Investigates: Former Scout Leader Accused of Abuse

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:36 AM EDT2014-07-25 05:36:56 GMT
    A new lawsuit filed against the Boy Scouts and a former scoutmaster by a Chester County mother has the Scouts nationally explaining its actions in the case. Patsy Evasew claims the former scout leader sexually abused her son and it eventually led to his demise.The images of Thomas Evasew's sad, short life hang on the wall of his folks' Chester County home. "I feel when I touch it, I'm touching him. I miss him so every day. There's not a day that goes by,” says Patsy Evasew. She says she misse...
    A new lawsuit filed against the Boy Scouts and a former scoutmaster by a Chester County mother has the Scouts nationally explaining its actions in the case. Patsy Evasew claims the former scout leader sexually abused her son and it eventually led to his demise.The images of Thomas Evasew's sad, short life hang on the wall of his folks' Chester County home. "I feel when I touch it, I'm touching him. I miss him so every day. There's not a day that goes by,” says Patsy Evasew. She says she misse...
  • FOX 29 Investigates: Pa. Sex Offender Allegedly Strikes Again

    FOX 29 Investigates: Pa. Sex Offender Allegedly Strikes Again

    Tuesday, May 20 2014 11:18 AM EDT2014-05-20 15:18:24 GMT

    A convicted child predator is accused of stealing his best friend's identity and striking again! FOX 29 Investigates how he pulled off an escape from Pennsylvania and where he is now.

    A convicted child predator is accused of stealing his best friend's identity and striking again! FOX 29 Investigates how he pulled off an escape from Pennsylvania and where he is now.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Police : 58-Year Old Woman Sexually Assaulted In Cobbs Creek

    Police : 58-Year Old Woman Sexually Assaulted In Cobbs Creek

    Thursday, August 28 2014 6:57 AM EDT2014-08-28 10:57:59 GMT
    Philadelphia Police are looking for a man wanted for a sexual assault in Cobbs Creek.The incident began on Saturday August 16 at 9:00 pm, a 58 year-old female, was on the 21 SEPTA bus going to her residence on the 6200 block of Chestnut Street.
    Philadelphia Police are looking for a man wanted for a sexual assault in Cobbs Creek.The incident began on Saturday August 16 at 9:00 pm, a 58 year-old female, was on the 21 SEPTA bus going to her residence on the 6200 block of Chestnut Street.
  • Vigil Held For Teen Killed On North Philadelphia Basketball Court

    Vigil Held For Teen Killed On North Philadelphia Basketball Court

    Thursday, August 28 2014 12:48 AM EDT2014-08-28 04:48:59 GMT
    A shooting on a North Philadelphia basketball court has left a 17-year-old man dead.
    A shooting on a North Philadelphia basketball court has left a 17-year-old man dead.
  • Swedesboro Liquor Store Owner Accused Of Racist Comments

    Local Liquor Store Owner Accused Of Racist Comments

    Thursday, August 28 2014 12:31 AM EDT2014-08-28 04:31:44 GMT
    A quiet little liquor store in Gloucester County is stirring up a big controversy. The store's owner is under fire accused of making racist comments to customers.
    A quiet little liquor store in Gloucester County is stirring up a big controversy. The store's owner is under fire accused of making racist comments to customers.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices