Boston explosions could affect Okla. Memorial Marathon

Posted on: 8:27 pm, April 15, 2013, by , updated on: 04:31pm, April 16, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – The explosions that rocked the finish line at the Boston Marathon could have an effect all the way here in Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is less than two weeks away, on April 28.

Memorial, race and city officials closely monitored the events in Boston on Monday and determined how they could affect the marathon in OKC.

“The marathon is the largest fundraiser for the Memorial but that doesn’t, is not near as important as a life,” Kari Watkins said, Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum Executive Director.

Officials said it’s too early to make any final decisions about our city’s race.

Right now, they plan to run the race as scheduled but said information about those responsible for the Boston explosions could possibly change that.

“Suspicion over who might be behind this attack and how that might be related to Oklahoma City,” OKC Mayor Mick Cornett said.

Oklahoma City police said hundreds of officers from multiple jurisdictions, including bomb technicians, provide security for the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon every year.

“There are meetings going on as we speak about the race because of what happened in Boston,” OKC Police Captain Dexter Nelson said. “The route is swept and when I mean swept, we look for things that stick out. We’ll clear it of vehicles, we’ll have streets closed.”

Bill Goodier is one of about 24,000 runners expected to run in this year’s memorial marathon.

“As a runner and as just a person in general, I could understand if they decided to cancel it or postpone it,” Goodier said. “It’s very disheartening and actually quite, quite scary to think that we still live in a society that you still have these concerns on American soil.”