Fort4Fitness increasing security for 2016 races

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – This week’s bombings in New York and New Jersey have some Fort4Fitness runners wondering if it’s safe to run in this year’s festival.

Fort4Fitness Director of Marketing and Communications Carrie Reeb said they take safety very seriously. She said they do consider bombings such as this, as well as the one at the 2013 Boston Marathon, when planning their safety plan.

“We look at how those things happen and what we can do to avoid having an emergency situation,” Reeb said. “We would say we have every protocol in place working with the city and making sure that we’re doing all we can do to hold the safest event possible.”

Fort4Fitness staff have actually increased security this year. They’ll have a new mobile command center on site. It will be a central hub for city officials, police, firefighters and Parkview Health volunteers to communicate and keep everyone safe.

Runners can expect to see more than 50 local police officers and volunteer course marshals throughout the event.

At last year’s Fort4Fitness, organizers ran a risk assessment of the event just for good measure. They’re using results from that to improve this year’s security. Reeb said all their bases are covered.

The Fort4Fitness Festival kicks off Sept. 30 with races taking place Saturday, Oct. 1.

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