Chicago marathon ready to move forward following Boston Marathon bombings

Chicago will join the world, sports stage on Sunday when it hosts its 36th annual marathon, and Mayor Emanuel and marathon leaders said Thursday they are focused on public safety.

The race will come several months after the terror attacks at the Boston Marathon killed three people and wounded hundreds of others.

At the Hilton Chicago Thursday morning, Emanuel and Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski expressed an eagerness to move ahead from that tragic time, and showcase Chicago’s character.

“But, it was evident to me and our organization, how strong, how determined, and how united the running community is. And together we move forward, that we move forward with confidence, move forward with strength,” said Pinkowski.

As part of new security measures, runners will not be allowed to bring backpacks or other bags on the route. They’ll will be given clear, plastic bags instead to check their items. For the first time, only registered runners and spectators with tickets will be allowed near the start and finish lines in Grant Park.

The first wave of runners will take off at 7:30am. The race will wind through 29 neighborhoods. About 45,000 runners from across the U.S. and the world will compete in the event.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.

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