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TRAFFIC ALERT: CDPHP Workforce Race shuts down Albany streets
ALBANY -- Around 9,000 people signed up to run in the annual CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge race. Although last month’s bombing at the Boston Marathon didn’t hurt attendance, security was noticeably heavier for the event.
“We've always had a significant police presence at the event. Obviously with the tragic events in Boston we've increased our presence and our security measures to make sure that this event goes off safe,” said Ofc. Steve Smith with the Albany Police Department.
Police activated their event phone number, 300-0570, in advance of the race and banned backpacks and coolers as a precaution. They also requested spectators keep pets at home to avoid interfering with K-9 Units. Officers said this level of security may also occur at future large events throughout the summer.
“It's possible. Right now we're dealing with this event and we want to make sure it's a fun, safe event and we’re asking people to be vigilant. If they see something, say something,” said Smith.
Last year around 450 organizations participated in the event. This year closer to 480 signed up and most took the changes in security in stride.
“Most of the runners have been very receptive to the changes for security purposes,” said Race Director Mark Warner. “Obviously it's an inconvenience for people to not bring a cooler or backpack or anything like that, but we've seen other events since Boston in other parts of the country that have had similar precautions and the races have gone fine.”
TRAFFIC ALERT: Madison Avenue, between Eagle and Swan Streets, will be shut down, from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. on May 16. Madison Avenue, between Swan and Lake, will be shut down between 4 and 8 p.m., with the exception of CDTA buses.