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Additional security expected at huge, Madison run

MADISON (WKOW) -- Officials say security enhancements, to include more officers and other personnel, are expected for the Crazylegs Classic in Madison later this month.

Race officials and police officers met Tuesday morning, less than twenty four hours after the attack on the Boston Marathon. Officials say the meeting was previously scheduled, but acknowledged the violence in Boston was discussed.

Race Director Jim Bradley says the 33rd running of Crazylegs has thirteen thousand entrants, with approximately twenty thousand participants expected by the start of the April 27 race.

UW Police sergeant Aaron Chapin says while more security personnel are expected along the race course, at the Camp Randall stadium finish line, and in other places, security planning has also been ramped up in reaction to the Boston terror.

"We really want to make sure that we can do everything that we can to be able to have intelligence, to be able to prevent something like this," Chapin says.

Tim Willcox of Madison finished twelfth in last year's Crazylegs run. Willcox says he's confident the event will be safe, and that extra precautions will be taken.

"I can't imagine that any race director of any reasonably-sized race won't be implementing additional steps," Willcox says.

UW-Madison student McKenzie Fedors is considering running Crazylegs for the first time, and says the Boston tragedy will likely be no factor in her decision.

"I think I would still enter. I would just check into security, find out more details," Fedors says.

"Anyone clever enough can think of some way to harm someone," says UW-Madison student Kyle Kalish, who is also considering participating in Crazylegs for the first time. "I don't think that should define what I do, or what I want to do."

Bradley says there are no plans to alter the race conclusion, with the thousands of runners and spectators inside the large stadium bowl. Bradley says if security arrangements affect participants, there will be public announcements.

Willcox says many participants consider the race a rite of spring in Madison, with the race namesake former UW football great Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch, and race proceeds benefiting UW Athletics.

Willcox says he will run,  with a lingering sense of the loss of innocence for many in the running community as a result of the Boston Marathon bombing.

"Running and racing are like a celebration of the human spirit," Willcox says. "It really brings people together. To have something like this happen, I've just been beside myself."

 

 

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