Interview with college coach who noticed things weren't normal before the race.
Boston Police: "Don't worry, it's just a training exercise."
The Boston Police Chief has admitted that police were conducting drills, and we already knew there was a huge paramilitary, anti-terrorism presence on scene. Now we hear of bomb sniffing dogs at the start and finish lines, spotters on nearby roofs, and repeated announcements over the loudspeaker that runners and spectators "shouldn't worry, because this is only a training exercise."
We are simply raising the possibility that the police were tipped about a bomb threat, and they chose to not inform the public.
It wouldn't be the first time.
Coach Saw Bomb Sniffing Dogs, Roof Spotters, Police Drills Before Explosion
University of Mobile’s Cross Country Coach, who was near the finish line of the Boston Marathon when a series of explosions went off, said he thought it was odd there were bomb sniffing dogs at the start and finish lines.
"They kept making announcements to the participants do not worry, it's just a training exercise," Coach Ali Stevenson told Local 15.
Stevenson said he saw law enforcement spotters on the roofs at the start of the race. He's been in plenty of marathons in Chicago, D.C., Chicago, London and other major metropolitan areas but has never seen that level of security before.
"Evidently, I don't believe they were just having a training exercise," Stevenson said. "I think they must have had some sort of threat or suspicion called in."