Police presence strong at weekend races

Police presence strong at weekend races

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

What happened in Boston won't stop organizers of the Joy To Life Foundation's Walk for Life.

"Probably around 4,500 to 5,000," says Race Director Peggy Turner.

That's how many people they expect to fill the streets of downtown Montgomery.

And that's what may have some folks a little apprehensive in light of the marathon bombings.

But Turner isn't too concerned.

"So far we are not seeing that. Everybody feels safe, we've put measures in place," adds Turner.

"Within an hour of what happened in Boston, Chief Murphy was on the phone with me," adds Joy to Life Co-Founder Dickie Blondheim. 

Blondheim met with Montgomery Police officers to talk about security tactics.

He cannot specify but, "I can assure you the presence of the security will be numerous," he says.

"We have been thinking about this since it happened in Boston," says Tammy Fuller with the Autism Society of Alabama.

She and other organizers are also keeping security at the forefront as directors anticipate 200 people at that walk.

"Safety first. We want to make sure that everyone is safe, especially our children," says Nina Taylor.

"My team is supposed to get there early, just kinda watch, just overview if they see anything they know to call 911," adds Fuller.

As participants prepare to enjoy themselves, Boston is still in the back of everyone's mind.

That's why Joy to Life directors printed Boston stickers for walkers to wear.

"Montgomery's gonna show them how supportive we can be to honor them," says Blondheim.

Police aren't just beefing up security at events this weekend.

They're planning to do the same for future events, even the Montgomery Half Marathon--which is still more than five months away.

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