New York City Marathon runners will face several new waves of security this year. Before even attempting the 26.2-mile race that starts in Staten Island and finishes in Central Park, some marathoners will have their bags checked and all will be restricted from wearing or carrying certain items. In addition, there will be limited access near the finish line.
Peter Ciaccia, the executive vice president of New York Road Runners, the group that organizes the race, told the New York Daily News that they have spared no expense after the Boston Marathon tragedy that killed three and wounded more than 260 people. “We’ve worked very hard on this,” explained Ciaccia. “We’re totally prepared.” Sharing that more than 1 million dollars has been spent on security, which is more than double than usual.
In addition, the New York Road Runners have hired MSA, a global security firm that will have a noticeable presence on the day of the race. The New York City Police Department will also play a role with the Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly stating you’ll see a, “significant number” of officers along the entire route. “We’ve got a sound plan,” said Kelly.
The new list of prohibited items includes, backpacks, strollers, masks, costumes and any liquid containers larger than one liter. “If Thor comes out to run the race, he won’t be able to run it with his mask and his hammer,” said Ciaccia. The finish line will also be different, limited to 59th Street to 66th on Central Park West and will take stadium security measures upon entrance. Race organizers urge runners to plan on meeting up with their supporters elsewhere.
The 2013 NYC Marathon will be held November 3rd this year with more than 48,000 runners expected. Of those, celebrities like supermodel Christy Turlington Burns and Pamela Anderson plan to participate. And all will celebrate the spirit of New York City through a tradition that will be safer than ever before.
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