HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - New video cameras, extra surveillance, and police dogs were all part of the push to keep thousands of runners and spectators safe along the Honolulu Marathon route on Sunday. While the participants focused on running, authorities kept a close eye on the course.
"The security procedure was basically enhanced just to give the general participants, the volunteers, and the general public a sense of security that events that unfortunately did occur at the Boston Marathon in 2013 would not occur here," explained deputy race director Rick Taniguchi.
From the city's emergency operations center, law enforcement officers used traffic cameras and 13 new surveillance cameras to look for any suspicious activity. Authorities also added more police dogs along the route, but race officials wanted to make sure that runners still felt the aloha spirit.
"The Honolulu Marathon prides itself in being a people-friendly event and that we did not want to lose sight of in terms of how the event rolled out," said Taniguchi.
Olympian Bryan Clay was one of the runners.
"My wife wanted to run it for our ten-year anniversary so of course if she asked me if you want to celebrate it that way you can't really say no," said Clay.
The world's 10th largest marathon also attracted plenty of first-time participants of all ages.
"I'm 75 years old. I'm just going to give it a try. I've been driving my son down for the past 15 years so I decided to try it myself," said participant Donald Au.
"My father passed away last year from heart disease last year so doing this in his honor. Raised over $10,000 so far," said Australian visitor John Buchanan.