CARMEL, Calif. - After the tragedy at the Boston Marathon, the Big Sur Marathon committee made some differences in their security plan this year like having minimal traffic and bicyclists on side roads of the marathon route, and asking military students to not only volunteer this year, but to keep their eyes open for suspicious items left behind.
Steve Decarli is an avid marathon runner. He ran the Boston Marathon a couple weeks ago, and is now running the Big Sur Marathon in remembrance of the victims in Boston.
"It is important for myself to have a great race, and just prove that a group of terrorists can't persuade me not do something I love to do", says Decarli.
There will be thousands of runners and spectators along 26.2 miles of the marathon road, but Steve said he isn't worried.
"I think we have to realize there is a certain amount of danger in our lives, but we have to feel safe enough in the events that we are participating in that the organizers are going to protect us."
Wayne Richey, the chairman of the Big Sur Marathon, admits that you can't cover every inch of 26 miles, but that it isn't necessary either.
Their security plan was drawn up and implemented with help from the Monterey County Sheriff's Office, CHP, and several surrounding police agencies. They also have a risk investigation team that will look to see the trouble areas as far as terrorists are concerned.