Chicago Marathon organizers, police ready with security measures for Sunday's race


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CHICAGO — Security measures will be in effect as this year's Chicago Marathon approaches.

City officials said Tuesday that several security measures and restrictions will be strictly enforced for Sunday's 26.2 mile race. About 45,000 runners are expected to participate.

Chicago police say they'll have uniformed and plainclothes officers at the event. Officers plan to randomly check any backpacks or large bags.

Runners will be required to show identification to obtain their race packets and they must use race-issued clear bags to store belongings. There will be security checkpoints for participants at designated entrances to the course.

City officials say they've been working with race organizers and businesses along the course to make sure it's a safe event. About 1 million people are expected to line city streets to watch the race.

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