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Record numbers, heightened security at NYC Marathon


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of New York Road Runners

The safest place in the country may have been the route of the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday.

NYPD officers trolled the race, guarding runners and spectators alike, because of terrorism concerns caused by the Boston Marathon bombing earlier this year, in which three people died and hundreds were injured.

A record 50,740 runners from around the world competed in this year’s ING Marathon, which was cancelled last year due to tremendous damage by Superstorm Sandy.

“My point of view is you can’t live like that,” said Joseph Gordon, a Queens Village resident who ran the marathon for the first time. “Living in New York it’s dangerous just to step outside my house. The NYRR [New York Road Runners] did a good job being careful and improving security.”

The marathon, which travels 26.2 miles around the five boroughs, featured more police officers along the course than previous years, some with bomb-sniffing dogs. Officers also checked spectators’ bags at certain locations, among various other reported counter-terrorism tactics.

As a result the race proceeded safely and featured fierce competition, dominated by Kenyan runners.

In the men’s race, Geoffrey Mutai defended his NYC Marathon 2011 crown with another win. He finished with an official time of 2:08:24. Priscah Jeptoo won the women’s division with a time of 2:25:07.

Gordon said the return of the race brings the city a little bit closer to normalcy.

“I think it’s really important to New York, the fact that it’s in all the boroughs and a lot of people were affected [by Sandy],” he said. “It’s not something that New York needs, but that the people of New York needed. It’s like a morale booster.”

 

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Street Talk: What do you think the city should do to ensure safety at the NYC Marathon?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Maybe they could ban backpacks, but I think New York does a great job with protection. We’ve been there before; we know what to do.
Darcy Schecht

What they do right now is phenomenal. They do a lot to protect us.
Debbie Lovis

I think we need more security and find out more about people going to school in our country. It’s scary.
Denise Angilly

I think there should be more security.
Jim Cohen

I don’t think there is much anyone can do. These people can look like anyone.
Frank Angilly

I think that’s very difficult to do these days. I have a friend in the police department; I know it’s difficult to ensure safety. We might need police in plain clothes and FBI too. We need different levels of security. I don’t think the city can be 100 percent secure.
Susan Philips

I think what they’re implementing this week in the city, the clear plastic bags, is a good idea. I think everything should be in a clear plastic bag so you can see exactly what everyone’s carrying.
Guy C.

I think we need more police and bag checks.
Taisha M.

 

-BY ROSA MICHAELS

NYC Marathon canceled


| brennison@queenscourier.com

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After several days of holding firm that the New York City marathon would run, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Friday evening that the race will be canceled.

The mayor’s office confirmed the cancellation minutes after NBC News broke the story.

In the days following Hurricane Sandy, the Brooklyn Nets-New York Knicks game at the Barclays Center was canceled and many believed the marathon should follow suit.

Bloomberg said the race, if run, would not defer resources from devastated areas to the marathon.

“While holding the race would not require diverting resources from the recovery effort, it is clear that it has become the source of controversy and division,” Bloomberg said in a statement.

Bloomberg said he did not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants.

“We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event — even one as meaningful as this – to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to recover from the storm and get our city back on track,” the statement read.

Detractors said that it was not appropriate for a race to be run through the five boroughs as searches continued for survivors of Hurricane Sandy and residents are still without power and homes.

An online petition gathered 28,000 signatures in support of postponing the race.