Bridge Run official: Changes to come as result of Boston bombing

By Stacy

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- For Charleston City Councilman Mike Seekings, an injury may have been a blessing.

"You have that moment, that 'I could have been there,'" he said.

Seekings{}was training for the Boston Marathon before he was sidelined by an injury. But, as a member of the running community, he felt the pain of Monday's events.

"It's an amazing, unprovoked act of cowardice at really what is one of the great family events of all time," he said.

Seekings also serves on the board for the Cooper River Bridge Run. He said there would be changes next year for the event that has 40,000 participants and another 20,000 spectators.

"We're going to have to think about that unfortunately, and make sure our runners, spectators and citizens are safe," he said.

The board will talk to security companies and local police, Seekings said. He didn't know what the changes would be yet. But, he said the Bridge Run will remain just as fun and safe as always.

"Make sure we sweep the course and look at all the things we need to look at to make sure it's safe. It certainly can be done. It's unfortunate we have to think about it but we'll do it," Seekings said.

He says he'll do all he can to help -- that means remembering, honoring and moving forward.

Julian Smith, the executive director of the Cooper River Bridge Run mirrored Seekings concerns of security. He released an announcement on Tuesday saying security measures will be expanded for next year's race.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the runners, families, the city of Boston and everyone affected by the tragedy yesterday. It's a sad day for all of us," Smith said. "We want to assure everyone that we have, and will continue, to focus on preventative measures to keep our participants safe."

A press release from organizers said the topic of expanded security and precautionary planning has been added to the top of the agenda for the upcoming annual CRBR retreat scheduled for June.

"Safety is our top priority. We will be reviewing our security measures to ensure that we have the very best possible plan in place and will make any necessary enhancements," Smith said. "We work together with the police departments in Mount Pleasant and Charleston as well as appropriate County, State and Federal authorities each year to ensure our streets, event venues, waterways and our bridge is safe and will continue to do so."


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