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No Incidents Reported At ING N.Y. Marathon Amid Heightened Security
Published November 4, 2013
ON YOUR MARKS: In Newark, Mike Vorkunov writes the marathon "provided moments to remember and showed that there would be a new normal." The "whir of helicopters buzzed throughout the day," and race officials "wore clear backpacks to hold their own materials" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 11/4). In N.Y., Juliet Macur writes it "isn't easy" trying to "find a way to make big crowds safe crowds without letting armed forces steal the show." It was "a near police state" around the finish line. Runners and spectators "were conflicted" as the extra security "provided some peace of mind." However, many said that it was a "shame we’ve come to this." Macur: "Gone are the days of the New York City Marathon feeling like a laid-back gathering of like-minded runners" (N.Y. TIMES, 11/4).
MAKING GOOD TIME: In N.Y., Filip Bondy writes the marathon "really proved what the New York Road Runners were so anxious to demonstrate last year, too soon." This was the "right time, 12 months later, to show the world that New York recovers from disaster as well as anyplace in the world, and that it can put on a show best of all" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/4). Wittenberg said, "I just really hope that today is another good step forward for our city" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/4). On Long Island, Mark Herrmann writes under the header, "For Many, New York City Marathon Was A Much-Needed Positive Experience" (NEWSDAY, 11/4).