Tim Mayer, general manager of the Grand Prix of Baltimore auto race, said race and government officials have worked out protocols to cover a variety of scenarios that could occur during the Labor Day weekend event downtown. A joint task force, led by the city's department of emergency management, coordinates the effort.
While praising the procedures already in place, Mayer said the Boston tragedy will force event organizers across the country to re-evaluate their disaster plans. "We may find, after our discussion, that we're satisfied with what we have in place," he said. "But anyone who rests on their laurels given what happened would be pretty foolish."
Dave Gell, a spokesman for the marathon, said organizers of the Oct. 12 event will meet with police and the office of emergency management to review existing plans. One possible change might be requiring runners to carry their belongings in clear bags.
Like Boston's marathon, however, the race will always present a security challenge because it's run through public streets without fixed points of entry for spectators.
"We're trying to wait for the lessons to be learned from Boston," said Gell, who estimated 75,000 people will converge on downtown for the event.
At Camden Yards, fans said they appreciate extra security efforts but deemed buoyancy of spirit the best defense.
"You only live once," said Tracy Kahl, who was visiting from Iowa for a downtown conference. She briefly wanted to fly home after news of the bombings broke but walked into the ballpark confidently Tuesday.
"I kind of would rather live in a blue-sky world, where people are nice to each other all the time," she said.
Baltimore Sun reporter Chris Korman contributed to this article.