Security at the 2013 New York City Marathon has been beefed up following the tragic Boston Marathon bombing earlier this year that killed three people and injured over 260.
The New York Road Runners club, which organizes the NYC Marathon, has spent over $1 million on security this year — double its usual budget.
“We’ve worked very hard on this,” NYRR executive vice president Peter Ciaccia told the NY Daily News Oct. 27. “We’re totally prepared.”
In addition to the full protection of the NYPD and its fleet of police dogs, global security firm MSA will also monitor the race to ensure against suspicious activity.
Some of the extra security measures include additional bag checks, limited public access near the finish line in Central Park, and new rules prohibiting racers from wearing bulky masks or costumes. That's unfortunate, because one of the best parts of the race every year was seeing the stunning array of inventive costumes some runners wore.
“If Thor comes out to run the race, he won’t be able to run it with his mask and his hammer,” said Ciaccia.
In addition, hydration packs, backpacks, strollers and liquid containers larger than one liter will be barred. About 48,000 people are expected to run the 2013 New York City Marathon, which takes place Nov. 3.
Celebrity runners this year include actress Pamela Anderson, supermodel Christy Turlington Burns, "Top Chef" winner Richard Blais, ultra-marathoner Dean Karnazes, and 10 runners representing Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation.
Last year's race was canceled two days before the event amid criticism that the event was diverting resources away from Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. As a show of unity, runners who had flown in from various parts of the world staged their own goodwill run in Central Park on race day.