[ RadSafe ] " Radiation alarm triggers delay in marathon race "

Jaro jaro-10kbq at sympatico.ca
Tue Oct 25 06:20:08 CDT 2005

Radiation alarm triggers delay in marathon race
AP, October 25, 2005

Federal agents briefly stopped several runners competing in the Detroit Free
Press/Flagstar Bank Marathon when one of them apparently triggered radiation
sensors inside the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel.
Agents on the U.S. side of the tunnel underneath the Detroit River
determined that the sensors were set off by a medical radioisotope.
The radioisotope is like that injected into the blood system for stress
tests, Ronald Smith, a spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Border Protection,
said in an interview.
The runner who set off the alarm Sunday morning has not been located.
An undetermined number of runners were detained for several seconds while
agents tried to determine what triggered the alarm.
They then were allowed to continue.
Runner Gerald Hug, of Plymouth, Mich., said some runners complained that the
delay could hurt their chances of qualifying for the Boston Marathon.

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