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New security measures for Soldier Marathon Race Saturday

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

Saturday morning, Columbus will hold one of it's biggest races of the year, the Soldier Marathon. After events like the Boston bombing in April, organizers have a detailed plan for security at Saturday's race.

For the runners from 36 states and 3 different countries, organizers said there will be plenty of medical staff on hand, along with a prominent police presence.

Brenda Hitz has run the soldier marathon ever since it began 4 years ago.

"It is about the Veterans for me. I love the fact that we have something in Columbus that is part of the Army, and that we run on post," said Hitz.

She was one of only 7 people who successfully ran across Georgia just months ago but she wouldn't miss the race in Columbus.

"It'll be a slower one for me I think, but the more important thing is to be out there running so I'm looking forward to it," said Hitz.

For Hitz and the more than 2,000 other participants, organizers said there will be detection dogs around the course, nurses, ambulances and new clear gear bags.

"We typically have a gear bag when the runners take their dry clothes off to check their warm up suits. We thought it would be smart to have some eyes on what's inside those bags," said race director Cecil Cheves.

The course will take participants through Oxbow Meadows and organizers tell me police officers will be stationed along the way to keep everyone safe. Even racers who have a unique way of participation.

"Crank chairs are like a racing wheelchair. 3 wheels on steroids. 30 gears, sits very low to the ground like a formula 1 car, and with the right propulsion, they go very fast," said Bruce Newman.

With more than 400 volunteers, police and medical presence, organizers are hoping for a smooth race day.

"Giving the runners a great experience is foremost on our minds and runner safety is part of that, runners wish to feel secure," said Cheves.

The race starts at 8:00 am Saturday morning. There will also be a satellite run in Kuwait for soldiers overseas.

If you haven't registered yet, it's not too late. You can sign up on race day. The event lasts until 3:00 pm.

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