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L.A. Marathon Security Gets Beefed Up

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The 2012 L.A. Marathon (Photo by breakmake via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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Following last year’s deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon, the Los Angeles Marathon taking place on Sunday will see heightened security measures.Marathon runners have to pick up their own race packets before the race and show a valid ID when they do so at the L.A. Convention Center, KPCC reports. Anyone who can’t do so can email packetpickup@lamarathon.com to seek a solution, organizers said.

Runners will only be allowed to bring a clear plastic bag provided to them to the race so police can see their belongings. According to Chris Ipsen of L.A.’s Emergency Operation Center, there will even be police officers running the marathon among the 25,000 expected participants, with other officers watching in the wings and security cameras capturing the action.

Meanwhile, spectators will be asked to wait at a “secured event zone” on Ocean Avenue from Santa Monica Boulevard to Colorado Street, rather than as traditionally at the finish line. Spectators will have to go through a security checkpoint before watching the race, and organizers ask that they only bring a bag if necessary to speed up the security line.