The Boston Marathon may never have the same intimate feel again, but it will at least be safe, says Chris Price, a former Boston police officer.
"I think the face of the marathon is going to change going forward because I don't know if you can have that kind of event anymore in this 21st-century America," Price told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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The beauty of the annual event, held each year on Boston's Patriots Day, used to be that world-class athletes wove their way through Boston's closely packed communities and its outlying communities, bringing fans and families in contact with the runners and creating a cozy, fun atmosphere, he said Tuesday.
The bombings changed that: security, and tensions, are heightened like never before, and the race simply won't be what it used to be, Price said.
"There are far greater security measures in place now than there has been in past years, and so, it's going to change a little bit, the face of the marathon is going to change a little bit," he said.
One thing Price says he's sure of is that this year's race will be secure.
"I know they have stepped up security. Again, we lament the fact that things have changed, but at the same time, the security is far greater now," he said. "I would have no problem taking my wife and family down to the marathon this year."
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