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NYPD Proposes Fee On NYC Marathon, Other Races

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Runners compete in the 2010 New York City Marathon - Nov 7, 2010 - Photo: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

Runners compete in the 2010 New York City Marathon – Nov 7, 2010 – Photo: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Organizers of the New York City Marathon and other races are concerned about a proposed fee to cover New York Police Department expenses.

The issue centers on so-called “noncharitable athletic parades” with registration fees. The NYPD is thinking about charging the full cost for such work as controlling traffic and shutting down streets.

That would affect events like the Marathon, the New York City Triathlon and the Five Boro Bike Tour.

The president of the New York Road Runners, which puts on the marathon, says such charges could be difficult to estimate in advance.

What do you think? Should there be a fee for these iconic New York events? Sound off in our comments section.

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