Since the dark day of this year's Boston, I've run several halfs and fulls. As predicted, security has been beefed up and now, I'm finding it increasingly embarrassing and overkill. We live in an open society—we must be vigilant but not paranoid. The army of officers on foot, bike, cycles, etc. just feels like it's too much. I'd rather have these folks do what they're hired for—protect the community at large and get on to more important issues. There is no way to protect 26 miles of any race adequately. To expect a secure zone along any race path or finish line is folly. What will happen is that race fees are going to jump even more than they already have. Lesser- funded race events will dissolve because they can't afford enough security and/or insurance to stage their events. We must ask that race personnel, spectators, and the runners themselves to be aware of their surroundings, see something/say something, and not to let a rogue lunatic spoil it for everyone.
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