Sunday’s Toronto Marathon will start with a second of silence for the victims of final month’s van attack simply steps away from the place the tragedy occurred, but organizers say the general message can be that life must go on.
“The incident clearly was tragic and horrible nearly two weeks in the past in Toronto and proper across the nook from the place our race begins at Mel Lastman Sq.,” mentioned race director Jay Glassman.
“We’ll can be doing a second of silence simply prior to the beginning to keep in mind the victims of the attack.”
Opponents within the full marathon will start the race by operating down the stretch of Yonge Avenue from Finch Avenue down to Sheppard Avenue the place a van plowed into pedestrians on April 23, killing 10 folks and injuring greater than a dozen. Alek Minassian, 25, is charged with 10 counts of first-degree homicide and 13 counts of tried homicide.
Because the attack, police and occasion organizers have reviewed safety precautions within the occasion of vehicular assaults. Limitations have gone up at a number of public locations, together with Union Station and across the Rogers Centre.
‘No extra risk’
“Clearly, I’ve met with police and bylaw enforcement and all of the stakeholders on the city of Toronto and at the moment there isn’t any extra risk to the occasion or to Toronto residents,” mentioned Glassman.
“What occurred is horrible, but I do not suppose you possibly can cover and never exit,” he mentioned.
“I believe all of us want to get on with life whereas remembering the previous and what occurred. You’ll be able to’t let occasions like this deter you from going about your day by day life and that is a part of the message we are going to try to convey race morning.”
Glassman additionally says safety measures have already been put into place because the bombing on the Boston Marathon’s end line left three useless and greater than 260 wounded.
“Boston was a lot completely different and there isn’t any imminent risk and what occurred in Toronto was not the identical class,” he mentioned.
Toronto Police spokesperson Mark Pugash says whereas there could also be seen and behind-the-scenes safety measures in place, police as a rule won’t focus on safety preparations.
“Folks can relaxation assured that we’ve got workers whose sole job across the clock is to monitor something which will have public security implications on this city and we modify our plans as needed,” he mentioned.
Alan Brookes, the race director of the Canada Working Sequence, says race administrators from everywhere in the world get collectively frequently to evaluate safety and security protocols.
“After the Boston bombings of 2013, we work at one another’s races and we additionally go to a summit in Chicago,” he mentioned, agreeing that specifics ought to stay underneath wraps, “or safety would not be safety.”
Brookes does say one change made within the wake of the Boston bombings is that the Waterfront Marathon now has its personal unified incident command centre so all emergency responses could be coordinated.
“That is helped enormously with the effectivity of our race in addition to for security and safety,” he mentioned.
“That is at all times our predominant precedence.”