At the Mitchel Athletic Complex, runners like Peter Hawkins are picking up their bibs and their credentials.
This year the Long Island Marathon will be anything but normal. For wheelchair bound Hawkins, he doesn’t know what he’ll face.
Bomb sniffing dogs will be sniffing for explosives. Homeland security officials will be roaming around the grounds with these little radiation detectors and there will be a visible increased security presence and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
This runner is here from Boston, he’s glad for the security and will have no problem waiting in line.
Police will be keeping an eye on cars, they can’t be anywhere along the route.
Explosions were not a thought before to these runners now it’s a real life concern. Hawkins has done Boston before this year his thoughts will be with the victims to those who lost their limbs he wants to say there is a light at the end of tunnel. No one knows that better than him.