Extra security for 5/3 River Bank run

Race organizers hold press conference on new events at Fifth Third River Bank Run. (April 23, 2014)
Race organizers hold press conference on new events at Fifth Third River Bank Run. (April 23, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – The Grand Rapids Police Department is reminding Fifth Third River Bank Run spectators and runners about extra security measures that will be in place on race day.

The police department is asking runners to use the gear check station at DeVos Place between 6 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, as any bag left unattended near the course could be confiscated by police.

Spectators are asked not to bring any bulky bags or backpacks to the race, according to a GRPD release. Any bags that spectators need to bring, like those for snacks, medication or beverages should be tagged with contact information.

Anyone who sees anything suspicious at the race should notify the nearest race volunteer or police officer, according to GRPD.

Spectators and runners should expect to see a heavy police presence at the race, including the Grand Rapids Police Bomb Squad and Special Response Team, GRPD and Michigan State Police K9 teams, Kent County sheriff’s deputies, East Grand Rapids public safety officers, officers from police departments in Grandville, Kentwood, Walker and Wyoming, the FBI and Homeland Security personnel.

Police will also be using an “extensive” camera system to monitor race activity, GRPD said.

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