Other security precautions taken by New York City include a contained start at Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island that requires credentials or a race number for admittance. The baggage that marathoners use for extra clothing are made of clear plastic and all items inside must be visible for security reasons. The clear bags and other heightened security measures around the start and finish were put in place following the Sept. 11 attacks.
“9/11 was a game changer in how we approached all security elements across the marathon,” said Mary Wittenberg, chief executive of New York Road Runners which organizes the New York Marathon. “Every year, we’re always adjusting and improving. Now, we go back again.’’
The next major running event on the Boston-area race calendar is the James Joyce Ramble, a 10k that will take place in Dedham on April 28. Even before the Boston Marathon bombings, Ramble organizers had planned increased security at its post-race party, and now the race is considering more security measures along the course.
What happened in Boston “was certainly why I didn’t have any sleep at all,” said Martin Hanley, founder and managing director of the event. “We are going to try and make everybody safe.’’