Vegas marathon runners can expect tight security
LAS VEGAS — Thousands of marathon runners will be participating in the first large scale outdoor Las Vegas event this weekend, since the Route 91 Harvest music festival shooting massacre where a gunman killed 58 people and injured hundreds more.
A total of 24,000 people will run the half Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon Saturday and Sunday. Since the shooting attack less than 50 people canceled, transferred or deferred their marathon participation.
Since the Oct.1 shooting, where gunman Stephen Paddock rained bullets on the concert crowd from his Mandalay Bay casino-hotel room on the 32nd floor, Police they added counter-sniper surveillance posts along the marathon route in case another person tries to carry out additional sniper attacks on the Las Vegas Strip.
As part of police security upgrade measures, about 350 officers will be working to protect the runners as they pass by world-famous high-rise casino hotels and the music festival crime scene.
A police helicopters will be circling throughout the marathon and there will be bomb sniffing dogs.
Semi-trucks, dump trucks, buses and other large city vehicles will also positioned at prominent intersections to try to prevent anyone from driving onto the course, following recent attacks in the U.S. and abroad in which vehicles have plowed into crowds.
The start of the marathon, usually outside Mandalay Bay, was moved a mile north to the front of the New York-New York casino-hotel.
The race has always featured live bands every mile but on Sunday, the first 2 miles, when runners have to go by the crime scene twice will be silent. Officials say this will serve as an extended moment of silence for the victims of the shooting.
Information included in this article was obtained from the Associated Press.