With the bombing at the Boston Marathon still fresh in their minds, the organizers of Saturday's Akron Marathon are planning changes to keep runners and spectators safe.
"Our focus changed to include safety of not only the runners but the spectators and pedestrians that are going to be coming to watch the event" said Akron Police Capt. Dan Zampelli.
Zampelli said the majority of the changes will be felt by the spectators.
"Now we're going to be a little stricter on where they can go as far as the runner's areas on the street at the finish line, the start line," he said. "We're not going to allow them to roam as freely in those areas."
In the past, it was not uncommon for spectators to be very close to the road to see their favorite runner off at the start of the race.
Spectators will also be encouraged not to bring large bags to the marathon. Runners will be given clear plastic bags to store their gear in during the race.
Police plan have been working with the FBI and will utilize bomb dogs as part of their safety plans. They also talked to a captain from the Cleveland Police who worked on the security plans for that city's marathon earlier this year after the attack in Boston.
Zampelli said Organizers will also reposition police and volunteers to make them more visible along the route "so (the runners and spectators) have that feeling of security and safety."