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Local sports council evaluates race security plans

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Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon raises concern about future sporting events in Augusta. The Augusta Sports Council told FOX54 this will forever change how sporting events are planned.

"In the past security has always been a number one priority for our participants," said Augusta Sports Council CEO Brinsley Thigpen. "Of course we are going to look at it differently, no event planner could put on an event after yesterday's tragic events in Boston and not think about it."

The Augusta Sports Council plans sporting events throughout the year. The largest event is the Ironman 70.3, registering on average 3,500 athletes compared to the Boston Marathon with approximately 27,000.

"There is a big difference in our numbers but the safety and the security of our athletes; it doesn't matter if it's an event that has couple of hundred people or several thousand," said Thigpen.

 The Ironman 70.3 is still six months away but coincidently a planning meeting was already scheduled for this week. Thigpen said their safety plan will definitely be a topic of discussion.

"Events have crisis plans and emergency and response plans and I think that events already have that will definitely be looking at their reaction for high populated areas like the finish line," said Thigpen.  

Local law enforcement and first responders have always been present at every Augusta Sports Council event, something that will not change especially now.

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