Mayor, safety officials to discuss Pittsburgh race

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Marathon organizers, the mayor and city public safety officials are set to announce security plans for the race following the Boston Marathon bombings.

Although marathon officials initially said precautions taken since a 2010 bomb scare are likely to keep runners safe, organizers and safety officials have since said extra security measures will be used —though it’s unclear what those will be or, perhaps more importantly, who will pay for it.

Race director Patrice Matamoros says the extra security could bankrupt the nonprofit that puts on the event.

But she’s scheduled to appear at a Thursday morning news conference with Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and public safety director Michael Huss, perhaps signaling that arrangements have been made to provide the extra security without overwhelming the race’s finances.

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