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New security measures during Sunday's Free Press Marathon

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DETROIT, Mich. (WJBK) -

The 36th Annual Detroit Free Press Talmer Bank Marathon on Sunday is expected to be bigger than ever: 27 thousand runners and two spectators per runner. That's not including the thousands of people that will also be downtown for the Lions game. Police say, with this many people all downtown at once, they have to be ready for anything, and those in charge of security can't help but be reminded of the bombing at the Boston Marathon back in April.  

"I don't think Boston did anything wrong. Again, it allows us that when a tragedy occurs, we get to debrief it; we get to look at what we could do better," Detroit Police Chief James Craig said at a press conference Wednesday to brief the public on the upcoming marathon. Representatives from the Detroit Fire Department, FBI, Homeland Security, Windsor Police, Border Patrol, Free Press Marathon Staff and Detroit Medical Center also attended the conference.

The day after the Boston Marathon bombing organizers in Detroit got to work. Those local, state, federal and Canadian officials came up with new policies to improve the security plan for the marathon.
 
"Road closures will begin, at least in the West Fort area at Lafayette, around 5:30 a.m. We are just asking you  to pack your patience. There's going to be a lot of traffic in the downtown area," Comm. Renee Hall said at the conference.

Wednesday Detroit police confirmed no specific threats have come in against this years race. Yet police are outlining tighter security measures like increased staffing and  operational components, like the clear bag police recently adopted by the NFL.

"They will not be able to carry bags along the race route. All of their valuables will be placed in a clear plastic bag and it will be synched with their bib number, and it will be kept in a safe area," Hall explains. The clear bag policy only applies to runners. Security details for spectators are being withheld.

Sunday's marathon is 26 miles long, crossing into Canada.

All those going downtown are encouraged to follow three simple rules:
1. Set up a designated meeting place for friends and family (children are easy to lose in large crowds)
2. Park in a paid parking (the idea of finding a free spot is great but peace of mind that your car is safe is worth the extra money)
3. Secure valuables in a locked car out of plain sight

Sunday's marathon is 26 miles long and crosses into Canada.

LINK: Click here to read more changes for this year's marathon >>

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