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Marathon security enhanced, but not ‘over the top,’ Hancock president says

Craig Bromley, president of John Hancock Financial Services, spoke to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Wednesday.
Craig Bromley, president of John Hancock Financial Services, spoke to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Wednesday.Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

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Security will be tighter at Boston Marathon following last year’s bombing, but not so much that runners and spectators will feel caged in, said Craig Bromley, president of John Hancock Financial Services, which has sponsored the Boston Marathon for 29 years.

Bromley, speaking Wednesday to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, did not provide details of the security measures, although some steps, such as prohibiting backpacks along the Marathon route, have been announced by state officials.

“We still feel like this is a community event. It shouldn’t feel like a prison camp or something like that,” Bromley said in his speech.“So while security will be enhanced, it will not be over the top.” Some 36,000 people will run the Marathon this year — about 10,000 more than usual, said Thomas Grilk, executive director of the Boston Athletic Association, the organizer of the race. About 5,600 will be those who were unable to cross the finish line last year, after two bombs exploded, killing three and maiming many others.

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