ALBANY, N.Y. - Law enforcement is increasing safety measures for Thursday's CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge race in Albany which is expected to draw in more than 9,000 participants this year.
The Workforce Challenge is a 3.5-mile road race, the largest between Utica and New York City. Participants represent teams from nearly 480 corporations, businesses, government agencies, educational institutions, not-for-profit organizations, and financial institutions.
On the heels of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Albany Police Department is taking extra safety precautions this year.
Law enforcement officials are not allowing backpacks, coolers, or animals (with the exception of service animals) at the race venue. In addition, police are requesting that anything brought onsite be transported in a clear plastic bag.
Albany police also say there will bomb-sniffing dogs throughout the area, along with a larger police presence.
The Albany Police Department is asking race participants, spectators and residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity. Anyone who sees suspicious activity is asked to call 300-0570.
The race starts at the New York State Museum on Madison Avenue in Albany at 6:25 p.m. Thursday. Pre-race ceremonies start at 5:30 p.m.
Madison Avenue, between Eagle and Swan Streets, will be shut down, from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. on May 16. Madison Avenue, between Swan and Lake, will be shut down between 4 and 8 p.m., with the exception of CDTA buses.