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Spectators at the Boston Marathon asked to remain alert to keep the 2024 race safe

BOSTON – The 128th Boston Marathon will be held Monday and while there are no specific or credible threats, authorities are asking spectators to remain alert during the race.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected on the 26.2-mile route from Hopkinton to Boston. Dozens of law enforcement agencies have been working on a security plan for months.

“A marathon that runs through eight cities and towns requires complex and coordinated preparation efforts,” Dawn Brantley, director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), told reporters on Friday.

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No known threats to the Boston Marathon

The FBI office in Boston said there are no known threats to the marathon, but people heading to the course on Monday are asked to remain vigilant because that could change at any time.

“The ongoing war in the Middle East has raised the possibility of an attack on Americans here at home,” said Jodi Cohen, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Boston. “Our most immediate concern is homegrown violent extremists or lone actors who radicalize themselves without warning and seek to attack soft targets.”

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Uniformed and plainclothes officers from local, state and federal agencies will be present throughout the course. Several streets will be closed.

“We will deploy undercover agents and officers trained to recognize behavioral warning signs that someone may pose a safety risk,” said Col. John Mawn of the Massachusetts State Police.

Forty-eight local, state and federal agencies will also monitor intelligence from MEMA headquarters in Framingham.

What not to bring to the Boston Marathon

Authorities want spectators to do their part and not bring these items onto the marathon route.

  • Backpacks
  • Suitcases
  • Coolers
  • Big blankets
  • Selfie sticks
  • Glass containers or cans
  • Costumes
  • Weapons
  • Fireworks
  • Drones

Boston police said the items are not prohibited, but people may be searched.

“Please keep your bags with you and do not leave them unattended,” Boston Police Chief Michael Cox said.

Anyone who notices anything suspicious is asked to call 911.

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