The deadly bombings at this year's Boston Marathon likely changed forever the way organizers plan for large running events. With security concerns addressed, the 118th Buffalo Turkey Trot provided another memorable experience to thousands.
"We've always had security on the course," said Kathy Romanowski, Communications Director for YMCA Buffalo Niagara, the organizers and beneficiaries of the Turkey Trot.
In a predawn interview, Romanowski spoke with WBFO News from the starting line of the annual run, which registered 14,000 participants this year.
"We definitely had a chance to meet with Buffalo Police Department, the FBI and the Buffalo Fire Department just to ensure that everyone, not only all the runners but the spectators and all of our volunteers, enjoy a great race," Romanowski said.
"I think everything will go on without a hitch."
Initial reports indicate that her confidence was fulfilled.
With temperatures below 20 degrees, the race's overall winner Jacob Krolik of Arcade finished the 8-kilometer course in 24:21, 24 seconds ahead of Buffalo's Chris Walters.
Rachel Schneider of Washington, D.C. was the women's champion with a time of 28:17.
According to Romanowski, proceeds from the race benefit the YMCA's Financial Assistance Program, provided agency services to families in need.
"People are really giving back this morning by participating in the race."