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UPDATE: Security Heightened For Saturday's Crazy Legs Race

Security will be higher than usual at Saturday

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UPDATED: Saturday, April 27, 2013 -- 4:29 a.m.

Security will be higher than usual at Saturday's big Crazy Legs race.

It starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Capitol Square and ends at Camp Randall.

In response to the Boston Marathon bombings, UW-Madison Police say they'll have extra patrols all over the course. They'll be especially focusing on the finish line at Camp Randall.

If you're planning to cheer on the runners you'll find new security check-points at every stadium entrance and even bomb sniffing dogs.

One big change is that this year you won't be able to carry in large bags, food, drinks or signs. They're also banning noisemakers, laptops and video recorders. Regular cameras will still be allowed.
UPDATED Tuesday, April 16, 2013 --- 1:16 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The organizer of a marathon this weekend in Wisconsin says the deadly Boston Marathon explosions don't seem to deterring registrations.

The Adenaline Marathon on the Eisenbahn Trail is in West Bend on Sunday and it's expected to attract 275 runners for the marathon and other races.

Organizer Mary Simon says they've had about 20 people register on Monday and Tuesday. She says she was pleased to see people were continuing to register.

One of those was 49-year-old Amy Kaftan, of West Bend, who registered Tuesday for the half marathon. She says she never had a second thought about not participating.

Sean Ryan, race director of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon next month, says he doesn't expect participation to be affected. He says runners are resilient physically and psychologically.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2013 --- 11:18 a.m.

UW-Madison police say they are stepping up security at next weekend's Crazylegs race.

Campus police met with organizers of the event Tuesday morning to discuss participant and spectator safety and security.

The meeting was planned well before the Boston bombings but in light of yesterday's events, the discussion took on added weight.

Officials declined to discuss any specific changes to security but say safety is their priority, especially at large events when crowds get into the thousands


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Wisconsin marathon organizers are planning to step up security in light of the deadly Boston Marathon explosions.

The Pine Line Marathon in Medford is expecting 300 people to its marathon and other races April 27.

Sue Emmerich, president of the Medford Area Chamber of Commerce, says there will be increased security generally and there will be more bag checks.

She says they may not be in a big metropolitan area like Boston, but they are still taking precautions.

Organizers at the Lakefront Marathon in Milwaukee on Oct. 6 are also thinking about security.

Spokesman Matt Braun says they will review their crisis plans, discuss the matter with law enforcement along the route, look at upgrading security at the start and finish lines and consider increased bag checks.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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