CARMEL, Calif.- After Monday's tragedy in Boston, at one of the world's most famous foot races, the organizers of similar large events are taking a hard look at their own security measures including here on the Central Coast.
In Carmel, about 10,000 runners will cross the finish line for the Big Sur Internation Marathon in less than two weeks. We found out several local race directors were in Boston, some helping with the Boston Marathon and some were running. We've been told all of them are safe and they plan to ease any concerns for runners.
"We had never thought that a marathon could be a potential target. Now here at the sheriff's office, anytime you get a large group of individuals together at an international event, that you're a potential target," said Monterey County Sheriff's Department Chief of Operations Chuck Monarque.
The key word is international. Just like the Boston Marathon, the Big Sur International Marathon draws thousands from all over the world, to run a scenic course, unique to the Central Coast. Event organizers said they staff accordingly, knowing extra security measures are necessary.
"We have an incident command center there that is staffed by all sorts of personel, from local, state and federal agencies," said Big Sur International Marathon marketing director Julie Armstrong.
Chief Deputy of Operations Chuck Monarque said there's special proceedures in place in case of a terrorist attack or mass casualty situation.
"Our policy says we try to staff a special event at one deputy to every 1,000 participants," Chief Monarque said.
Organizers said the Big Sur Interenational Marathon has ambulances staged throughout the course along Highway 1 and a sophisticated communication system. For now, they said it's too early to say if security willl change, but they're hoping to review their plans later this week.
"We're doing the right things. But we just need to be diligent to make sure we have every scenario covered and that's difficult to do," Armstrong said.
There's about 400 people who ran in Boston, who plan to come here for the Big Sur International Marathon.