COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho-- Idaho law enforcement agencies met with Ironman event organizers Thursday to discuss security for the upcoming triathlon.
Kootenai Co. Sheriff's Office employees said the recent bombing at the Boston Marathon is forcing everyone to reevaluate their security plans.
“Every year it's always a challenge. fortunately for us, we've been doing it for enough years now that we have it pretty much down to a science as far as what kind of resources we need to allocate, what kind of a preparation we need do,” said Lt. Stu Miller.
Authorities expected 2,000 athletes and more than 20,000 supports to line the streets of the Coeur d’Alene. Deputies said they are asking everyone to keep their eyes and ears open for suspicious activity.
“Unfortunately, everybody down in Ironman has a backpack and there biggest thing is if they leave them someplace, we want to see how long it's been there and then the law enforcement folks will take it from there to do what we need to do with it,” said Miller.
Authorities stated that Ironman organizers have not received any threats.