Portland Marathon gets permit despite security plans

Portland Marathon set for this weekend

Runners participating in the Portland Marathon cross the Broadway Bridge Sunday, October 5, 2014 (Lucia Martinez)
Runners participating in the Portland Marathon cross the Broadway Bridge Sunday, October 5, 2014 (Lucia Martinez)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Portland has issued the necessary permits for Sunday’s Portland Marathon despite struggles with the event’s security plans.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that on Tuesday the race’s fate was not assure, as the Portland Fire Bureau was ready to deny the marathon’s medical plan’s approval. The medical plan is an extra safety precautions demanded by the city’s fire department.

Bureau Lt. Rich Chatman says the bureau had made changes to the plan that called for stricter adherence to national emergency response standards, particularly after the bombing of the Boston Marathon in 2013.

Race director Les Smith says they were initially against the change because the marathon has used the same medical plan for 27 years and it has been adopted at other events.