The PG's April 24 article "Who Will Foot the Bill for More Pittsburgh Marathon Security?" smells like a bid to create controversy where none exists. The organizers of the Pittsburgh Marathon had already in place, before the criminal acts in Boston, a solid plan for runner and public safety. It already included bomb-sniffing dogs, a security plan and exceptional medical support. Why should the marathon organizers pay for additional security that has nothing to do with how they have run their event?
We have all been paying for added security since 9/11, and we all pay for living in a society. I have confidence in the professionals who protect public health and safety. However, we should not single out and shake down the Pittsburgh Marathon because of an act of terrorism at a similar venue. To do so is a sign of weakness and exactly what the criminals hope for.
There are people racing the Pittsburgh Marathon who just a few years earlier could barely walk a mile, people who were depressed and unhealthy, and people who were morbidly obese -- lives now changed for the better. The Pittsburgh Marathon and its runners are the true measure of a city of champions and evidence that this city has far more character and depth than just its professional sports teams.