Security tightens for Boston Marathon, Florida runners and workers prepare for cautious return

Officials expect double the police force at race

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- - Working to preventing another attack, major changes are in store for the 2014 Boston Marathon.

Race officials are warning attendees bags could be searched, security will be tighter and certain events will be canceled due to new safety measures.

The modifications to the race come one year after three people were killed and 260 were injured in the marathon bombing.

"I'm nervous. I think that if, truthfully if something is going to happen, it's going to happen here as a copy cat or something," said Robert Anderson, who worked the Boston Marathon in 2013.

Anderson was just feet away from terror.

Soon, he will pack his bags, leave his home in West Palm Beach and return to where the deadly bombs went off in Boston. He scheduled to help ride his bike alongside race leaders as an official marathon vehicle.

"It's going to be locked down and we as a group of cyclists who are part of the official vehicle program have to make sure that our identification is on, our jackets are on, and our bikes have official vehicle passes on them," said Anderson.

Organizers have already briefed workers that they will have little freedom to mingle with friends and that security will be beyond tight.

"At this time, we have no specific intelligence indicating that there is a threat to this year's marathon. But again we have to also look at the nature of that threat around the world," said Kieran Ramsey, FBI Special Agent-in-Charge.

Anderson said while the marathon will not be the same, he is relieved so much is being done to prevent another attack. He said the new precautions will be a distraction, but it will not ruin the tradition of the world's oldest annual marathon.

"You know race day is race day and we're going to look forward and not look back. I think that's going to be the tone and that's what we want," said Anderson.

The 118th Boston Marathon is schedule for April 21st, 2014.

Race officials expect the police presence to double, totaling near 3,500 officers.

 

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