Following Monday’s shootings at the Naval Yard in Washington D.C., 88th Air Base Wing Commander Col. Cassie Barlow says Wright-Patterson officials are revisiting their security plans for the Air Force marathon this weekend.
“We looked at our security requirements today and we made a few tweaks and changes to address the threat," says Barlow. "But it’s always a good idea to switch up force protections at the gate so we can ultimately be prepared.”
Barlow did not say specifically what new measures are in place, but says runners should be prepared for enhanced security.
“Our runners and visitors obviously need to be prepared to uh, be checked, have their bags check, to walk through a magnetometers, so we want to make sure that we have a safe and secure environment for everyone coming to watch the marathon, and everyone coming to compete in the marathon as well,” says Barlow.
30,000 people are expected on Saturday for the 17th annual U.S. Air Force Marathon which will take place on the grounds of the National Museum of the United States Air Force.