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Security changes at this year’s Peachtree Road Race

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Nearly three months after the Boston Marathon bombings, Peachtree Road Race organizers as well as Atlanta police, are making big changes to keep the race more secure.

About 60,000 people will run the Fourth of July race with nearly 150,000 more people watching.

Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said this year, authorities don't want attendees to bring backpacks or large bags.

He also said that every single Atlanta police officer will work the day of the race, in 12-hour shifts.

Turner added that on race day, every single stretch of the race course will have cameras recording throughout the day. But, Turner said, attendees shouldn't notice any big differences.

"We hope that the general public will see very little difference, we'll have more police out, clearly," Turner said. "Our state patrol partners will be there on the route as they've never done this before, and they'll have troopers at the beginning of the race and the end, as well as throughout the race."

For Peachtree Road Race information visit peachtreeroadrace.org

The race will take place rain or shine, according to the Atlanta Track Club.

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