Events are in full swing in connection with the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon.
A health and fitness expo, which was among activities that began on Thursday, will continue Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Activities and Recreation Center on the University of Illinois campus. And the first round of races gets underway Friday evening at 7:30 with the 5K run and walk. It starts on Oak Street just south of St. Mary's Road near the State Farm Center in Champaign.
Marathon Emergency Services Coordinator Scott Friedlein said a higher level of security that was put in place following the bomb explosions at last year's Boston Marathon will remain this year. He said a large part of the stronger security measures involves increased staffing.