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Focus Boston Marathon: the security plan for 36,000 runners and 1 million spectators

The winding route of the Boston Marathon through eight municipalities poses a unique challenge for law enforcement. The heightened interest this year means more runners and more spectators.

By Staff writer / April 20, 2014

Elise Amendola/AP

The Boston Marathon wends its way for 26.2 miles through seven towns before reaching its namesake city. This year, with the heightened interest, the field size has been expanded to about 36,000 runners, 9,000 more than last year. And some 1 million spectators, double last year's turnout, are expected to cheer on the sidelines.