Twin Cities Marathon Team to Explore Race-Day Security Operations at AcceleRISE 2019

Twin Cities Marathon

Security and event leaders from Twin Cities in Motion will highlight how securing road races has evolved since the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings at SIA’s inaugural conference for young professionals.  

SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) has announced the addition of the Twin Cities in Motion (TCM) race management team to the speaker lineup for AcceleRISE – a new conference for tomorrow’s security leaders featuring top-quality idea sharing, coaching, business skills development, networking and inspiration. In a dynamic panel session, TCM will shed light on the changes that took place in the U.S. running community after the Boston Marathon bombings and provide insights on the complex nature of securing a 26.2-mile road race. 

AcceleRISE 2019 will be held Aug. 14-16 at the Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The conference – hosted by SIA’s RISE community for young professionals and those new to the security industry – will present blended learning sessions featuring a mix of keynotes, panel sessions, team building exercises, peer networking and workshops.

Since 1982, TCM has been responsible for organizing the annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, a top 10 U.S. marathon, and other premier racing events. In the AcceleRISE session From Start to Finish: Leveraging Technology and Teamwork, TCM’s executive director, Virginia Brophy Achman, its director of operations, Terry Ryan, and its senior manager of contract event services, Ed Whetham, will highlight the importance of leveraging technology and teamwork in securing an iconic event for the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Running and endurance events attract annual participation from millions of runners and athletes at every level. These mass participatory events draw even larger numbers of spectators, making safety and security a top priority for race organizers, public safety agencies and host communities. The TCM event management team has been instrumental in creating safety and security best practices for the running industry and continues to be a leader on this front. 

Additional topics addressed at AcceleRISE 2019 include:

  • Building a Team for Today & Tomorrow
  • Finance for the Non-Finance Manager
  • Inspiring Yourself to Innovate
  • The Power of Positive Leadership
  • Tips & Tricks That Helped Millennials Foster Success

Other conference highlights will include a networking reception with industry leaders, group exercises and team building activities. View the conference agenda.

SIA RISE is a collaborative community that fosters the careers of young professionals in the security industry. RISE is available to all employees of SIA member companies who are under 40 or who have been in the security industry for less than two years. RISE hosts fun in-person networking events during top trade shows and in major cities around the United States, career growth webinars on a variety of topics and career tracks at ISC West and East and sponsors a scholarship program for security industry education and professional development. Learn more and join the RISE community.

Learn more about AcceleRISE and register to attend.

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SIA ( is the leading trade association for global security solution providers, with over 1,000 innovative member companies representing thousands of security leaders and experts who shape the future of the security industry. SIA protects and advances its members’ interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation at the federal and state levels, creating open industry standards that enable integration, advancing industry professionalism through education and training, opening global market opportunities and collaborating with other like-minded organizations. As the premier sponsor of ISC Events expos and conferences, SIA ensures its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers, as well as unparalleled learning and network opportunities. SIA also enhances the position of its members in the security marketplace through SIA GovSummit, which brings together private industry with government decision makers, and Securing New Ground, the security industry’s top executive conference for peer-to-peer networking.