Up to 8,000 law enforcement officials to patrol 2018 Boston Marathon route

BOSTON (WHDH) - Officials say spectators planning on attending the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon should be prepared for tight security along the race route.

With just 13 days to go until race day, city and state officials came together Tuesday morning to discuss this year’s safety and security measures.

The 2018 plan will include barricades along the route, bomb-sniffing dogs, drones, and a large number of plain-clothes and undercover police officers.

Law enforcement officials speaking at the press conference said there will be as many as 8,000 local, state and federal officials overseeing safety on race day.

Officials said law enforcement agencies have studied recent terror attacks in Europe and the Oct. 2017 shooting in Las Vegas as part of race preparations.

Those attending the race are asked to leave glass bottles, sticks, poles, signs and props at home. Attendees will also be subject to bag searches.

Officials say there have been no threats made ahead of the April 16 race, which comes five years after two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three spectators and wounding more than 260 others.

Watch the full press conference on preparations below:

 

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