Expect a record number of runners and more security for the 2013 New York City Marathon
The New York City Marathon is one of the largest marathons in the world, attracting professional and amateur runners alike. The Epoch Times is reporting that this year the race will attract more runners and more police. This year, the field will be compromised of more elite and recreational runners. The marathon has attracted at least 100 professional runners and a large number of wheelchair professionals. According to Peter Ciaccia, the executive vice president and technical director of the New York Road Runners, there will be at least 49,000 participants this year, which is 1,500 more runners than in 2011. The higher number of participants is due to the cancellation of the 2012 marathon due to Hurricane Sandy. Ciaccia estimates that 50 to 60 percent of the field will be composed of 2012 applicants returning to run.
With more runners, there comes a greater responsibility! The security this year will be noticeably higher compared to past marathons. After the tragedy of the Boston Marathon bombings last April, the city and police force taking extra precautions. This year, spectators entering Central Park will be put through more intense identification procedures, especially for staff and volunteers. There will be an overall larger police presence including canines. The NYPD is keeping most of their plans vague for security reasons.
NYRR is also looking into back up plans in case of another freak emergency, such as last year’s hurricane. Some of the options being discussed include the ability to delay the race a few days or make last minute changes the race’s route. However, I know the entire east coast is just hoping that we don’t have another super storm this year! Personally, I do not want to imagine losing another Halloween or New York City Marathon. Those were dark days last year, quite literally.
In the meantime, keep training because the race is on! If you’re a spectator, just make sure to bring your ID and don’t worry about the high police presence. Gone For a RUN will be at the New York City Marathon, so come to visit us! We will have a booth at the expo, and two of our team members, Julie and Ryan, will be running as well.
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