Questions answered for Sunday's Mt. Lemmon Marathon - Tucson News Now

Questions answered for Sunday's Mt. Lemmon Marathon

MT. LEMMON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Questions about security at Sunday's Mt. Lemmon Marathon have been answered.

Tucson News Now has found out what is being done to make sure runners and those watching the race stay safe.

After the Boston bombings security is a topic that has been discussed by organizers and the Pima County Sheriff's Department. 

The Mt. Lemmon Marathon, Half and 10K sends runners from the desert floor, up the Catalina Highway, ending at Summerhaven. Since the course is almost continuously climbing, the race is called one of the toughest marathons in the U.S. 

The sheriff's department tells Tucson News Now that those working on Sunday will be extra vigilant; it has been included in the briefings.  The one major difference between the marathon here and the one in Boston is that this race isn't nearly the same spectator event.

Deputies will focus on the top and bottom of the race, as well as several lookout points along the route.  In the time before the race, deputies will be doing a quick look around.  They say it is second nature to do it anyway.

Organizers say they haven't heard any concerns from the participants.

The marathon begins at 6 a.m. Sunday morning, but roads are expected to be closed beginning at 5:15 a.m., with full and partial closures throughout the race.  Organizers drive up the mountain at the early morning start, and vehicles that arrive after the race begins will have to wait on a pilot car to get to the top.  This service will continue until all runners are off the mountain.

So be prepared for this if planning a trip up Mt. Lemmon on Sunday.

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