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UPDATE: Police Say Seahawks 12K Will Have 'Additional Security'

The Renton Police Department say it has "taken into consideration" the recent bombing at the Boston Marathon and has planned added security, officers and other measures for the Seahawks 12K Run.

UPDATE: Police Say Seahawks 12K Will Have 'Additional Security'

UPDATE, Friday, 1:20 p.m.: Renton Police Commander Clark Wilcox issued a clarification of a statement made earlier by the city of Renton to Renton Patch in regards to special event security for the Seahawks 12K Run.

The Renton Police Department will have added security, officers and other measures for the Seahawks 12K Run, according to Clark. He disagreed with an earlier statement from city officials that said police would simply "do a customary sweep of the event area and will have a presence at the event."

"The OPS plan for this year’s Seahawks 12k has taken into consideration the recent bombing at the Boston Marathon," Clark said. "A large number of uniformed officers, additional security, and other measures are in place to ensure the Seahawks 12K is a safe and enjoyable event for everyone."

Here's the news release in full:

It appears that some miscommunication occurred within City staff.  This media advisory is an effort to correct any misinformation regarding the Seahawks 12K Run this weekend.

For each year of the Seahawks 12k Run, an Operations Plan (OPS Plan) has been created by the Police Department.  The OPS plan for this year has taken into consideration the recent bombing at the Boston Marathon.  Additional officers will be on scene, and contingency plans are in place for a number of potential threats.

Special events occurring in Renton go through a permitting process.  Part of the process of permitting events includes a review that addresses whether Police, Fire, and other City services will be impacted by the event.  The City divisions that could be affected by the event are notified, and conduct planning as appropriate.

“’No Security Changes for Seahawks 12k’” is inaccurate.  The OPS plan for this year’s Seahawks 12k has taken into consideration the recent bombing at the Boston Marathon.  A large number of uniformed officers, additional security, and other measures are in place to ensure the Seahawks 12K is a safe and enjoyable event for everyone.” 

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Original Story: City officials say Renton Police not will take extra security precautions for Sunday's Seahawks 12K Run, despite the recent tragic events in Boston and the Boston Marathon.

The annual 12K Run is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 21, following a route along the southeast shore of Lake Washington and around the Seahawks training facility, the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

According to city spokesperson Preeti Shridhar, the Renton Police Department will do a customary sweep of the event area and will have a presence at the event.

"The City of Renton has emergency plans and we also have event specific plans in place," she said in an email in reply to questions from Renton Patch about the event.

"City staff are trained in their respective roles and ready to respond as needed. If outside assistance is needed, mutual aid will be requested and received from other agencies in our immediate area."

There are three major activities as part of the event: the Seahawks 12K Run, the GLOW 5K Run/Walk and the Play 60 Kids Run. event in chilly, wet conditions.

The Seahawks 12K Run at The Landing will collect donations on behalf of A Better Seattle (ABS).

Here’s some detailed information on traffic detours around Renton as a result of the Seahawks 12K Run:

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT STREET CLOSURES:
    •    Northbound and southbound Lake Washington Blvd. N. will be closed between N. Park Drive and I-405 (near Seahawks Way) on Sunday, April 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Local circulation between minor intersecting streets and driveways will be allowed where possible only when it does not jeopardize the safety of the runners.
    •    Park Avenue N. southbound will be closed between N. Park Drive and N. 4th Street at 8:30 a.m. and will reopen at approximately 10:00 a.m.
    •    Park Avenue N. northbound will be closed at N. 8th Street at 8:30 a.m. and will reopen at approximately 9:30 a.m.
    •    North 8thStreet between Park Avenue N. and Houser Way N., and Houser Way N. between N. 8th Street and Lake Washington Blvd. N., will be closed at 8:30 a.m. and will reopen at approximately 9:30 a.m.
    •    North 8th Street between Logan Avenue N. and Park Avenue N. will be closed at 8:30 a.m. and will reopen at approximately 10:30 a.m.
    •    Logan Avenue N. between N. 3rd Street and Park Avenue N., and N. Park Drive westbound between Logan Avenue N. and Garden Avenue N., will be closed at 8:30 a.m. and will reopen at approximately 11:30 a.m.

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