New York Road Runners
The night before the marathon, runners loaded up on pasta for its carb content in Central Park.
Runner Angel Santiago and his training partner may lose some sleep the night before the race but it will be because of excitement, not security concerns. “I know New York is gonna be ready for it,” he said.
Hundreds of police officers will be posted along the route, police helicopters will patrol the skies and police boats will keep watch from New York Harbor and the East River.
This NYC Marathon will look different in some ways: more barricades, bag screenings, bomb-sniffing dogs. Runners who returned after signing up for last year will wear special orange wristbands. The whole field will sport yellow and blue ribbons for the Boston victims.
With three weeks to go before the New York City Marathon, the first major U.S. race since the Boston Marathon bombings was held Sunday in Chicago.
About 9,000 runners were pounding the pavement in Staten Island on Sunday.
Starting in 2014, the New York City Marathon will be getting a new sponsor and a new name.
There are increased security measures like bomb-sniffing dogs and a no backpacks rule in effect for the four-mile “Run For The Park” race in Central Park and the 9/11 Memorial 5K run and walk in Lower Manhattan.
Before the Boston bombings police were treating this Sunday’s road races in Central Park and to the 9/11 Memorial as just two more events in the Big Apple. All they were planning to add were some extra traffic cops. But not now.
This Sunday is the City Parks Foundation Run for the Parks 4-mile race in Central Park and the bombings at Monday’s Boston Marathon are certainly on the minds of the runners.
The 13.1-mile race through Manhattan began in Central Park at 7:30 a.m.
Hundreds of people will lace up their sneakers to scale 1,576 steps up the Empire State Building.
New York City Marathon runners can receive a refund of their entry fee after this year’s race was canceled because of Superstorm Sandy.
For the NYRR’s sake, I hope the attention will not be on how long it took the city to cancel the race, but on the thousands of runners who ended up on Staten Island, who brought food, clothes and suitcases full of goods to those who needed it.
The New York City Marathon was canceled early Friday evening, a decision that was widely applauded, even if it did come a lot later than many expected.