He says he's not letting a tiny minority ruin the annual event.
The explosions at the Boston Marathon on Monday will not stop the city from putting on the Frederick Running Festival. Mayor Randy McClement says the Police Department and event organizers are working to make sure all runners, spectators and those who come to cheer on their favorite runners have a good time and are safe. "We always check, double check, re-check after incidents like this. And yes, we know the Festival is coming up, so we'll take appropriate actions to make sure we're doing double diligence this time," he says.
Two explosions took place Monday afternoon near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Three people were killed, and more than 100 were injured.
Captain Patrick Grossman, the Commander of the Operations Bureau of the Frederick Police Department, says the agency will have plans in place for every contingency during the Running Festival the weekend of May 4th and 5th. "Obviously being cognizant all of the events that have occurred recently with the Boston Marathon," he says. "We're reviewing all of our contingency operations, and insuring we have adequate preparations in place."
On the afternoon of the bombing, many police agencies around the region had a heightened sense of awareness. Captain Grossman says the alert level was not increased for the Frederick Police Department at that time, and he also says there's currently no credible threats out there.
Mayor McClement says he doesn't often think about events like what happened in Boston could happen in Frederick when he and other city officials make plans for the Running Festival. "To be honest with you, I guess I'm old school. I believe in the world, and I believe in the goodness of man. I don't think about the evil things that men and women can do," he says.
But the Mayor emphasizes that no small number of people are going to disrupt events such as the Running Festival. "I hope that the actions of a very, very, very, very small minority of our country don't disappoint and scare off anybody from coming to a great event like this, or any event in any city."
However, if something should happen, Captain Grossman says the Police department will be ready. "We're going to make sure that we're adequately staffed and prepared, and obviously contingency plans are in place and actually staffed throughout our command level positions in order to make sure that every possible contingency is being thought out to the best of our ability," he says.
But if visitors to the Running Festival see something suspicious, Captain Grossman asked that they report it to police. He says look for a uniformed officer, or come to the command post. Citizens can also call 911 for emergencies, or the Frederick Police Department's emergency number at 301-600-2102.
In a related matter, Mayor McClement says his nephew was running in the Boston Marathon on Monday. He says his family member was two miles from the finish line when the explosions occurred. His nephew was not hurt.