PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Mother's Day 5K is the second largest road race in the state, next to the Beach to Beacon, with 3,000 racers. It is not unusual to see police patrolling an event with several thousand people... however there are new safety precedures this year, that runners say come as no surprise.
"They had sent a notice out to all the runners and the walkers that they would be checking everybody's bag," says Penny Howard.
Sea Dog's staff say it's a first for this 13th annual 5K. They are probing every single bag... looking for contraband.
"They never had us here before, but because in light of what happened in Boston," says Sea Dogs Security Usher, David Scott. "So that's why they wanted everybody here. That's why they didn't put any trash barrels or nothing outside."
In addition, Portland Police unleashed an explosive detection expert: Quincy. A golden retriever and his handler, patrolling populated areas.
Portland Police have three explosive detection K-9s on the force, according to Lieutenant Jim Sweatt. Quincy came from his full-time post at the Portland Jetport to scout the Mother's Day 5K.
Erica Jesseman crossed the finish line in first place for the females.
"She really asked me to do this race," says Jesseman, referring to her mom. "I ran the Boston Marathon 4 weeks ago and so I was like, eh. But she really wanted me to do it today so I did it for her."
Proceeds from the 5K will benefit Maine Breast Cancer Patients and Research.
According to the Sea Dogs website, in the past 12 years of the race, the Sea Dogs have been able to donate over $144,507.00 to support breast cancer research and patients in Maine.