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Pittsburgh Marathon Troubled By Increased Security Costs In Wake Of Boston Bombings
Published April 24, 2013
EMPIRE STATE OF MIND: The WALL STREET JOURNAL’s Sara Germano writes the “eyes of the marathon industry are fixed” on N.Y. Road Runners President & CEO Mary Wittenberg, whose ING N.Y. Marathon “features larger numbers of runners and spectators than any other in America.” Germano asks, “Will the New York marathon start subjecting finish-line spectators to security checks? Will insurance rates skyrocket following the Boston bombings and Hurricane Sandy?” Gaining a spot in this year's event “will be more difficult than usual because thousands of slots will be filled by runners displaced by last year's cancellation.” Unknown as yet is “whether fear of terrorism will affect demand.” Wittenberg said, "After 9/11, we saw our numbers decline by between 5,000 and 8,000. I don't think we'll see that big of a difference this year. Marathons aren't about running. They're about unlocking personal achievement. And we'll be out there in force this year" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 4/24).