SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- With six thousand runners and more than ten thousand spectators, the TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10k is one of the largest annual sporting events in the state.
"We are very fortunate with the communities around us that will send their officers over to help," stated Cape Elizabeth Police Chief Neil Williams. "this is one of the largest-scale events that we have in this community, just in sheer number of people - runners and spectators."
With just thirteen sworn officers, including Williams, the department couldn't handle all the traffic and security for this race alone.
"It is a big event and they would be hard pressed to do it all by themselves," agreed Scarborough Police Chief Robert Moulton.
With the Boston Marathon bombings still fresh in their hearts and on their minds, officers from neighboring Scarborough have stepped up to make sure the race is run without a hitch. Chief Moulton says twenty-five of his officers have volunteered their time to help out.
Scarborough has thirty-six officers. Chief Moulton says even more officers would have volunteered if they didn't already have to work.
"What I am proudest of is that the guys are willing to step up and do that," he said.
Most years just seven Scarborough officers are needed to help out at the race, and they are paid by the race organizers for their effort. This year that money will be donated to help the bombing victims.
"These guys are human and often times they (the public) see these guys in an enforcement type role and they don't see the compassionate side of it," he explained.
It may not be a lot of money, roughly $1500 dollars, but it's a gesture that means a lot to Chief Williams.
"For them to do this and for them to volunteer their time I think is very, very commendable," he said.
In light of the tragedy in Boston, he says they will be taking extra precautions this year, but he doesn't want runners or the people who come to cheer them on to be thinking about that.
"We are going to go out, we are going to have our events, we are going to be out there in public and we are going to enjoy ourselves," he said.