Remembering the bloody bombing at the Boston Marathon, there are plans for very tight security measures at the upcoming New York City Marathon. The New York Times reported on Oct. 3, 2013, "Security Overhaul Planned For New York City Marathon." There will be careful searches of all bags which are brought anywhere near the New York City Marathon.
Furthermore, family members who are heading to the finish line will have to go through a special screening. And people who are marching in the kickoff parade will not be allowed to carry bags of any kind. Overall, extraordinary efforts are being taken to guarantee safety at next month's New York marathon, which is the biggest in the country. Mary Wittenberg, the chief executive of New York Road Runners, has said, “Safety is always the first priority with the marathon. I think we’ve found a new normal coming after Boston.”
ABC News has reported, "NYC Marathon Balances Security Worries Post-Boston." There will be a lot of bomb sniffing dogs roaming around at the New York Marathon. There will also be barriers around Central Park at the marathon. Everyone remembers the two bombs that exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15 in Boston, resulting in the deaths of three people and injuries to more than 260 people. The efforts to make the New York Marathon safe are well worth it. This type of event is supposed to represent health, vitality, competition and fun, not destruction and death.