A NEW NORMAL IN MARATHON SECURITY

By Don Tagala, ABS CBN North America Bureau

NEW YORK CITY – After a week of tragedy, more than six thousand runners laced up their shoes again and hit the pavement at Central Park on Sunday.

Wearing bibs that say “I Run for Boston,” they say that this is a show of solidarity.

T-shirts were sold and proceeds of which went to the official fund set up to help victims of the Boston bombing.

“I’m doing something good, especially donating for charity and for the people who couldn’t finish the marathon, in Boston, because that takes a lot of training, and I feel like I’m finishing the remaining miles that they couldn’t finish.” runner Andrew Masangkay said.

“Hindi kami natatakot sa mga terorista kaya ang daming tao ngayon at I’m glad they all showed up and I feel safe at ang security measure nila sobra,” said Arnold Manaog of Rego Park, NY.

“Run for the Parks” may be a small race but organizers said they took no chances.

Runners were told to use clear plastic bags, instead of regular back packs or totes when checking-in their personal belongings.

New York Police and private security personnel were highly visible throughout the race’s 4- mile course.

“Everywhere I turn there’s a police or a bomb sniffing dogs, you feel more secured for sure,” said Jackie Rivera, a spectator from Fort Lee, NJ.

Rolan Ocampo was one of those who survived the tragedy in Boston.

He said that the added security measure may be inconvenient for runners, but it’s the new normal that runners would have to face.

“As long as we can run, we can do what we love to do, it’s okay,” said Ocampo.

“No fear!” Jersey City, NJ runner Ren Macuja said, “Tuloy, tuloy pa rin, we have to move on, kasi ang terorista yun ang goal nila yung takutin ka.”

As the registration for the 2013 ING New York Marathon opens next week, runners may expect stricter rules and tighter security measures from the organizers and the city of New York.

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  • noz
    22 April 2013 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    this is always the case, while the boston terror is still recent, too fresh in the memories of the public, people are on guards of their surroundings, obliging on constraint of the laws. overtime the terror, be it boston, NYC 09-11-01, etc, terror events will be forgotten by many, like memories to the segment of societies. the public become lax, disregard their guards, can be uncooperative with many restrictions like barricades with massive complaints of inconvenience.

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