ATLANTA - It is time for the 48th Peachtree Road Race. It's the world's largest 10K and security will be tight Tuesday morning..
Just as runners have been preparing for the 6.2-mile race, Atlanta Police have been getting ready too. “We have been working with law enforcement partners, put together plans and strategies to ensure the safety of the spectators and participants we have,” said Atlanta Police Deputy Chief Timothy Quiller.
Police said there will be officers in uniform and plain clothes strategically placed along the route.
“I like the police presence they're here to protect us, why not have them here to protect us,” said runner Chrissie Jones.
Officers will also utilize cameras on the course and barricades have been set up.
For the first time, there will be checkpoints for spectators going into Piedmont Park to meet athletes after the race. Their bags will be searched and any items they have with them must be placed in clear plastic bags.
Atlanta Police said changes have been made based on current events.
“Based on several instances that happened around the world and the country we've changed some of the strategies,” said Deputy Chief Quiller.
These are new strategies for a safer race for the 60,000 runners all trying to chase down the prized Peachtree Road Race t-shirt.
“The first year there were police everywhere I enjoyed saying thank you and high-fiving everybody. I think they know what they're doing and I just run and let them do their job,” said runner Barbra Miley.