PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — With the Boston Marathon bombing still fresh in people’s minds, organizers for Sunday’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon worked with the Portland police to make sure the new route is safe.
Extra security measures were put into place since the Boston attack, with attention focused on the safety of the runners and the spectators. Authorities want spectators to be vigilant on Sunday, but there is no reason for anyone to be fearful.
Local runner Terry Massey will run the half marathon, his first race since Boston. He was just a half-block from where the bomb exploded, but is not worried at all.
“This is a fun event,” he said, adding he will “live in fear no way.”
The race begins at 8 a.m. Sunday and kicks off the Portland Rose Festival.
More than 10,000 runners are expected to participate on a redesigned course that begins and ends adjacent to Waterfront Park.
Naito Parkway between Jefferson and Yamhill will be closed. There will be southbound access only for SW Salmon between First and Naito.
The race will also affect 10 bus lines.