Security Heightened for Kentucky Derby Festival


The Kentucky Derby Festival held a press conference Monday afternoon to discuss how the events in Boston will affect Thunder over Louisville this weekend.

Members of the KDF said nothing has changed at this point, but their security awareness has heightened.

In fact, they said they already have a very comprehensive security plan for all of the Derby Festival events.

They said obviously safety is one of the biggest concerns for all their festivities, especially Thunder and the miniMarathon and Marathon.

Hundreds of thousands of people attend Thunder annually and at this year's miniMarathon, close to 17,000 are expected to run and another additional 40,000 spectators will be on the marathon route.

Members of KDF said they were in meetings Monday morning continuing their security detail for the events.

Matt Gibson, the vice president of events, said his staff watched what happened in Boston and said their emergency plan kicked in like it had happened in Louisville.

Gibson said they have two areas for triages at Waterfront Park if something catastrophic took place on Saturday, but they'll have plenty of people in place to prevent that from happening.

"We work with not only city and state agencies, but also federal agencies who specialize in bomb detection, chemical detection, these types of events. It's a very extraordinary plan," Gibson said.

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