NEW YORK CITY — Two big races planned in Manhattan on Sunday won't be canceled but they will have beefed-up security because of Monday’s deadly Boston Marathon attacks, an NYPD spokesman said Tuesday.
"All races will go on as planned," the NYPD spokesman told DNAinfo.com New York. "But, there will be increased security measures at the events."
Anthony Guido, the communications manager for the 9/11 Memorial, declined to comment on security details, but said that racers for the first 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk, an event held to honor 9/11 victims and support the memorial, simply need to show up as planned.
"There's no new information for racers," Guido said. "The event is on as scheduled."
The inaugural 9/11 race is slated to kick off at Pier 57 in Hudson River Park on Sunday morning and head Downtown toward the memorial. A day of family activities is also scheduled, on Vesey Street between Church and Broadway, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The NYRR race to support City Parks Foundation — a nonprofit that offers free sports, fitness, arts and education programs across the city — is also set for Sunday morning, a spokesman said. The race will start at East 68th Street, head north in the park, loop around at 102nd Street, and then finish on the West Side at the 72nd Street transverse.
“This Sunday’s race is happening as scheduled. Through our continued partnership with the City of New York and the NYPD, we will be reviewing security measures, “ the spokesman said. “If there are any changes to the normal race procedure, all runners will be informed through the regularly scheduled race confirmation email.”