Added security measures are in place along this weekend’s Ochner 70.3 mile Ironman New Orleans route.
Race organizers Bill Burke says he’s been watching closely what marathon organizers in Boston are up against, “It`s a race organizers worst nightmare. It shows just how soft a target that is.”
As a result Burke spearheaded an additional plan to add more first responders along the swim, bike and run Ironman course, “Homeland security. We feel like we`ve got the right mix of staff.”
Burke says NOPD will lead the Ironman security team which includes State Police, Levee Police, City Park Police and Coast Guard in the water, “City officials involved. State Official`s involved to make sure that athletes feel comfortable. Those athletes feel safe.”
Burke urges everyone from event staff to spectators along the route… To stay alert, “We`ve asked the athletes to be aware of what their surroundings are.”
World class competitors from across the globe will start a 1.2 mile swim at south shore harbor then bike east 56 miles, finishing the grueling race at Armstrong park, “We`re not going to let anything that happened in Boston sway what we`re going to do with our lives.”
The children’s triathlon is on Saturday but Sunday’s main event starts at 7am.
Tri athletes are competing to qualify for the World Ironman Championship later this year in Las Vegas.