US No flyover during Boston Marathon start, but 3,000 police lining the route

18:01  16 april  2018
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Transgender Runners Can Compete in the Boston Marathon as Their Self-Identified Gender, Organizers Affirm

  Transgender Runners Can Compete in the Boston Marathon as Their Self-Identified Gender, Organizers Affirm The Boston Marathon has reiterated its policy that allows transgender runners to compete under their self-identified gender – amid renewed debate among runners. The Boston Athletic Association, which oversees the marathon, told NPR that organizers only ask that runners compete under the same gender identity they declared when they qualified for the marathon. That policy has been in place for “several years,” according to the statement given to NPR. The New York and Chicago marathons have similar policies, NPR reported. “We don’t require that runners outline their gender identity history with us, so we can’t say for certain how many trans runners are in our race. We do know that we have had several transgender runners in the past,” the Boston Athletic Association told NPR. However, runners are required to show a government-issued ID to get an official bib number and, BAA said “We do compare the ID with the person’s qualification-associated gender description.” The Boston Athletic Association told NPR it does not have a specific policy on how it would handle a runner whose gender identity is not the same as the one listed on the government ID. The BAA said it would try to resolve the issue with “a strong emphasis on inclusion.” The issue of transgender runners has become a topic of discussion in the marathon community following an article in Canadian Running magazine about three transgender women who will run the elite race as their identified gender.

Minutes after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon at 2:50 p.m., reports started rolling in. An Associated Press photo of Boston police , fire, and EMS services swarming the scene The Globe has a graphic showing the blast sites on the marathon route .

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HOPKINTON — Some 3,000 law enforcement officers fanned out along the Boston Marathon route on Monday morning to provide security for the race, authorities here said.

During a morning briefing under a steady rain near the starting line, Hopkinton police Chief Ed Lee said about 1,000 officers from various agencies were positioned near the starting line in his town, with remainder keeping watch elsewhere along the route.

The chief said there would be no ceremonial flyover due to inclement weather. One silver lining to the storm, he said, was that security would be more manageable in light of the thinner crowds.

“We are certainly prepared for this Marathon. We are using the same footprint — security plan — since the bombing five years ago,” Lee said. “And we just continue to build upon it. We are certainly prepared to handle anything that comes our way.”

Lee was joined at the briefing by State Police Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin and FBI Special Agent in Charge Hank Shaw from the bureau’s Boston field office.

Security near the start of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton. © David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Security near the start of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton.

“As you can see by looking around the crowds are a lot lighter than normal,” Lee said. “It certainly helps make our security screens a little easier.”

Lee said that instead of the usual 10-minute delay between the third and fourth waves of runners, they will just send the fourth right behind the third.

“As far as any other plans you can check with the” Boston Athletic Association, which oversees the Marathon, Lee said.

London Marathon runner dies in hospital : organizers .
A 29-year-old chef who collapsed while running in Sunday's London Marathon has died in hospital, event organizers said on Monday. Matt Campbell went down 22.5 miles into the race and was treated by doctors before being rushed to hospital.Campbell, who completed the Manchester Marathon this month in under three hours, was running in memory of his father Martin who died two years ago."Everyone involved in the organization of the London Marathon would like to express our sincere condolences to Matt's family and friends," organizers said in a statement.

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