Unprecedented security enforced at New York City Marathon

Officer Frankel encourages 3rd place winner, Lushapo April, as he passes the 25 mile checkpoint.

Grace McCarthy, Staff Writer

On Nov. 3, 2013, over 48,000 runners came to New York City to compete in the New York City annual Marathon. The athletes came from nearby towns or states and many even traveled from various countries. The runners began their journey on a crisp Sunday morning at 9.40 on the Verazzano-Narrows Bridge.

A substantial amount of new security measures were taken due to the April bombings at the Boston Marathon. Police officers scanned every path of the course and helicopters circled the perimeter from above. The most extreme course of action – for the first time ever, marathon supporters required a pass to get to the finish line.

“Things have got real strict round here since Boston,” Officer Randazzo said. Those trying to get close to the finish line were subject to thorough bag searches and metal detecting wands. Officers from all over New York State were called in on their day off to provide further protection.

“I think that its better to be cautious especially because New York is such a target,” Officer Frankel said. “It’s better off that we have too many of us than not enough.”

Staples parent Michael Finn, father of Kaila and Emma Finn, completed the marathon with a dedicated support crew cheering him on all the way.

“The organizers did an extraordinary job and the race went off without any incidents,” Michael Finn said. “Kudos to New York, the security staff and the countless volunteers.”