Aspen USA Pro Challenge volunteers to get anti-terrorism training

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— The hundreds of volunteers needed for the USA Pro Challenge cycling race in Aspen on Aug. 19 through 21 will undergo mandatory training that includes “terrorism alerts,” according to organizers.

"It’s kind of stemming, obviously, from the Boston Marathon events,” said Blair Weyer, public information officer for the Aspen Police Department.

Terrorists used two pressure cookers to make bombs that exploded near the finish line of the iconic marathon. The bombs killed three people and injured 264.

The training for the Aspen volunteers will include how to recognize suspicious packages or people, the proper way of reporting suspicions and to whom to report them, Weyer said. The training is designed to help people “be vigilant but not overreactive,” she said.

Weyer was uncertain whether the training was requested by Aspen officials or whether volunteers in all host cities of the cycling event are required to participate.

Read the full story at the Aspen Times website.

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