PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh police are tightening security for the return of the Pittsburgh Marathon this weekend.
Pittsburgh Police Commander Cristyn Zett will be the incident commander monitoring security issues during the marathon.
She said that over the past year, the Pittsburgh Police Bureau has been working on safety plans with the fire bureau, EMS, county dispatch, FBI and other agencies tasked with law enforcement. The Allegheny County Police, County Sheriff’s Office, State Police, and University Police will help city officers keep their jobs.
“We have worked to prepare for all the possibilities that could happen in a marathon, all the things that we encounter both in terms of weather, nature and also incidents that can happen. We are so ready for Sunday. We are fully staffed,” Zett said.
Tables are set and tons of water and bananas arrived Friday evening near the finish line on the Boulevard des Alliés. Tens of thousands of runners, walkers and spectators will be in town for the marathon.
“It’s a very nice and easy course to run. I love seeing everyone now that everyone is going to come back and support us,” said Teak Denard, who runs the 5k and marathon.
“I can’t wait to experience it and see everyone cheering on everyone, just complete strangers making sure you finish your race,” said Lara Ervin, who is running the marathon.
This show will be something we haven’t seen since before the pandemic. Many streets will be closed on Saturday and Sunday.
“We have additional motorcycles to help everyone navigate the city,” Pittsburgh Police Commander Ray Rippole said.
As participants warm up, police monitor security issues.
“We will look at all possibilities of any type of security issue, any type of threat coming up and investigate and resolve them until race time,” Zett said.
Police reiterated that the marathon courses must be cleared. Vehicles parked on roads where “no parking” signs are displayed will be towed from Saturday evening at 11 p.m.
Police said if you are going anywhere in the city on Sunday, P3R recommends planning two hours ahead of your plans.