TEMPE, AZ - Tempe police want to ensure the public and the participants of this weekend's Pat’s Run that they will go above and beyond to protect everyone.
Officers are expecting 38,000 people in Tempe this Saturday.
Tempe police say they have raised their threat level for the event. They are boosting police patrols and sweeps of the area where the 4.2-mile run will go.
This is the statement ABC15 received from the Pat Tillman Foundation on Monday's bombing:
“The Pat Tillman Foundation is closely monitoring the tragic events that occurred today at the Boston Marathon. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families in the wake of this horrific incident. As we move forward for the 9th Annual Pat’s Run, the Tillman Foundation is working closely with the City of Tempe and Tempe Police, Arizona State University, Arizona State University Police Department and additional security to ensure the safety of all our runners and supporters on the ground this weekend. Increased security measures are being put into place as we move forward with the race.”
Tempe police said, "It's extremely challenging because it's not a secure environment. We can't fence in everything, we can't put an officer every two feet, which is why we really rely on every set of eyes out there. Every person in the public. The firefighters, anyone who's around to look for suspicious activity we can identity problems early."
Officers say they will be ready for anything. They want you to look out for bags, packages, and suspicious people not taking part in the Pat Tillman run.
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