Apr 16, 2013 6:41 PM by Jessica Holley - firstname.lastname@example.org
CORPUS CHRISTI - Security is top of mind to many event planners locally after Monday's marathon bombing. Many event coordinators are taking extra precautions in their security planning in light of yesterday's bombing, but police say the FBI has not recommended any changes to security.
He's no stranger to big races, Beach to Bay Relay Race Director Doug McBee ran the Boston Marathon 10 years consecutively. But now his attention is focused on his own race that is set to take place in just a few weeks.
"I am really not concerned, I just don't think we are high profile enough for that sort of event. That's not to say we wouldn't be cautious," says McBee.
McBee says as of Tuesday, no runners have dropped out of the race in fact they are standing strong.
"Most of the comments we are getting right now are more defiant than they are scared," says McBee.
There are plans now of having more security at the finish line in addition to added volunteers to ensure the safety of all involved that day.
"It's not something we thought about until now, but not it will be one of those where we will definitely be doing that, having all our volunteers at the finish line be keeping our eyes open," says McBee.
But before that race even starts another crowd drawing event will fill the streets soon, Buc Days, which is set to bring in 160,000 people. Buc Days President Barry Box says with in hours of the bombings the International Festival and Events Association sent an email out refreshing coordinators on their security techniques.
"There is a great network of communication in the even business. What we do is we go to work to see if there are any lessons learned that would be applicable for our office," says Box.
He says you can have the safest event in the world and something like this could still happen. Both events are working closely with Corpus Christi Police Department and have heightened their security awareness. CCPD and event coordinators say if are planning to be at any of these events, just be aware and report anything that looks suspicious.