Jan 17, 2014 9:23 AM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - More than 160 law enforcement agents will be on hand throughout the racecourse of this weekend's Louisiana Marathon, a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.
The Advocate reports that a marathon official said no credible threats have been received leading up to Sunday's event, which comes nine months after the Boston Marathon bombings.
The marathon will begin on the steps of the Louisiana State Capitol.
Craig Sweeney, race director for the Louisiana Marathon, said more than 130 Baton Rouge police, LSU campus police and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputies will be stationed at intersections throughout the course. More than 30 state troopers and Department of Public Safety officers will patrol the downtown Baton Rouge area, some with bomb-sniffing dogs.
"We've got a good plan and we're excited," Sweeney said.
One official who was in Boston during the marathon, LSU athletic trainer Ray Castle, will serve as the medical coordinator and handle organization of the medical staff and supplies.
Sweeney said police officers working in the beginning portion of the course will move toward areas in the back half of the course once the race is underway to act as relief in case other officers stationed there need a break. That will ensure a consistent police presence on the course, Sweeney said.
On the course, officers at each intersection will be responsible for keeping the streets clear for the runners.
Sweeney said he's received questions from a handful of runners about security.
"I guess it's one of those things where you want to be prepared," Sweeney said.
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