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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s distraction. That’s all. It’s just a little thing. But sports helps keep us sane, even amid the madness and grief.
Retired softball star Jennie Finch will run the 2011 ING New York City Marathon for charity. She’ll start last in the field, and Timex will donate $1 to NYRR’s youth programs for each person she passes.