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66th Annual Turkey Trot adds security in Troy
TROY -- It's an annual tradition in the city of Troy. Runners hit the pavement for the 66th Annual Turkey Trot Thanksgiving morning. For some, they run every year, and for others it was a first.
"It's my first race, so I'm a bit freezing. I'm from Georgia, but I'm excited I don't know if I'll be able to run the whole thing, but I'm going to finnish it," said one runner, Destiney Walker.
"It's the troy turkey trot it's great," long-time runner Michael O'Brien.
But for those who brave the cold every year, they noticed something different this year, heightened security.
"It was good, it wasn't obtrusive but it was there," O'Brien tells us.
"I know the security is good here in troy I know the cops are doing their job, and I'm not really worried about anything happening here," said one runner Courtney Mullen.
Troy police say they felt maximum preparation was necessary for preparing security plans, after the Boston Marathon bombings earlier this year.
In years past where the temperatures were a bit warmer, the streets were lined with spectators. There were not so many this year, but regardless police say they are up and down sweeping for anything that could be dangerous.
"The race route itself has been swept considerably by our canines and our analysts. We've been up and down this road probably 20 times in the last 36 hours, and anything that looked unusual anything new that wasn't there the day before has been checked and cleared," Cpt. John Cooney with the troy Police Department tells us.
Among the new regulations, back packs were not permitted, and runners bags carried onto the facility had to be clear. Runners waited indoors to keep warm, the cold also made things complicated for police.
"That's problematic for us because there will be a mad rush to get the starting line, rather than if it were a more temperate day we would probably see the runners out there an hour before the race," Cooney tells us.
But keeping up with tradition, no problems to report, and all had a safe and happy run.