Runners jog down the Las Vegas Strip during the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in this undated file image. (File/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
Race organizers are calling this Sunday's Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon the Super Bowl of marathons.
With the events of April 15 in Boston still fresh in people's minds, race officials aren't taking any chances.
Two pressure cooker bombs went off near the finish line at the Boston Marathon, killing two people and injuring several others.
"We had 14 people who were participating in the [Boston Marathon] who were at the finish line, so no one really paid attention to that event like we did," Rock ‘n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon organizer Dan Cruz sad.
Cruz, who's been involved in large-scale races for years, said the events in Boston rocked the race community.
"No question, these events are being looked at, and every single race organizer has had to reevaluate their logistical plan, their safety protocols and their plans for emergency medical support," he said.
Cruz said runners participating in Sunday's event will see an increase in uniformed public and private law enforcement. Additionally, much will take place behind the scenes to ensure the safest possible experience.
There will also be several medical, hydration and security tents along the race route. Cruz expects about 65,000 people, including runners, to be in the race area. He said that even with beefed-up security, safety is up to everyone.
"One thing that we are doing is encouraging each and every runner to be vigilant. If you see something, say something. If something looks suspicious, report that to a local race official or law enforcement officer," Cruz said.
Although the events in Boston scarred Cruz and many others, he said the best way to cope is to move forward and keep running.
"We are determined to maintain the celebratory spirit of running a marathon. We want to ensure the safest possible experience while making sure that each participant gets to enjoy race day, get that medal around their neck, have a good time and come back to Vegas year in and year out," he said.
The race begins at 4:30 p.m., and several roads will be closed in the area. Click here to see a list of those road closures.
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Monday, July 28 2014 1:54 AM EDT2014-07-28 05:54:28 GMT
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