Runner says stepped up security for bridge run is "a little bit of a shakeup call"

Runner says stepped up security for bridge run is "a little bit of a shakeup call"

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Bill Rowell proudly wears the shirt from last year's Boston Marathon.

Rowell was one of the thousands who ran last year's race.

He finished a little more than an hour before the bomb blast at the finish line.

"It's sickening. It really just hits you in the pit of the stomach to have such a tragedy happen," Rowell said.

Rowell says after what happened in Boston, he knew there would be tighter security at this year's Cooper River Bridge Run.

"Absolutely, you knew it was gonna happen everywhere."

While thousands of folks run from Mt. Pleasant to downtown Charleston, hundreds of officers will be watching for any signs of trouble.

Some of the security will be obvious and some will be from behind the scenes.

"It's probably been a long time coming, a little bit of a shakeup call certainly," Rowell said.

He is not concerned about his safety.

"No. Not a lick, not a lick. It makes it a little bit harder on you, it's convenient, but it's for the best of everybody."

Rowell says he expects all runners to play by the rules at the start and finish of the race.

"My suspicion is just like the airport TSA. They're gonna respect it and realize it's probably unfortunately the way of the world anymore."

Rowell says he won't worry about the police presence.

He's more concerned about his finishing time.

"Look to see all my friends do well out there on Saturday."

Rowell plans to run again in the Boston Marathon on April 21.

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