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Police preparing for Eversource Hartford Marathon

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Crews were setting up tents for the 23rd annual Eversource Hartford Marathon. (WFSB) Crews were setting up tents for the 23rd annual Eversource Hartford Marathon. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Crews were preparing Bushnell Park in Hartford on Tuesday for the 23rd annual Eversource Hartford Marathon.

On Saturday, 65,000 runners, volunteers and spectators are expected to participate in the marathon.

Even with weather concerns, crews were working to transform the park into one of the biggest spectator events in Hartford. Stages were being built and tents were being set up.

"We are in Bushnell Park all week setting up for big groups of people, different vendors,” Josh Miller with Hartford Marathon Foundation said. “We will be working all day." 

Despite a threat of a possible hurricane, which could bring heavy rain, it looks like the wet weather will come later in the day.

The event was put together by the Hartford Marathon Foundation. As many as 2,500 volunteers were expected to work the event.

The number of runners grows every year and so does the need for more security.

"They start planning the security back in May for the marathon,” Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley said.

The Hartford Police Department has a command center. They have cameras set up all over the downtown area. These monitors help them see what's going on all the time.

After the Boston Marathon bombing and other attacks, security was a huge cost, but has to be factored into the Eversource Hartford Marathon.

"Cameras are great, they are watching 24/7,” Foley said. “But again, if you see something say something, we need people to be observant."

Organizers said the marathon brings in about $14 million to the city. Hotels and restaurants will benefit from the event.  

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