New York City Marathon organizers issue statement following terror act

The New York City Marathon scheduled for Nov. 5 remains a go following a terror attack in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday

November 1st, 2017 by | Posted in Runs & Races | Tags: , , ,

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The New York Road Runners issued a statement late Tuesday following an attack in Lower Manhattan earlier that day.

According to the New York Times, a truck driver killed eight people and injured 11 others in what the New York Police Department is calling a terrorist act. The man, who has been identified as Sayfullo Saipov, drove a rental truck onto a bike path near the West Side Highway before being shot by police.

Governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted that “as a precaution, expect to see increased security at high-profile locations.”

The New York Road Runners, the organizers of the New York City Marathon, shared the following message on Tuesday ahead of race day saying that they are “monitoring the situation closely.”

“New York Road Runners extends our deepest sympathies to the victims, their families, and all who have been affected by the tragedy in Lower Manhattan.

“We are monitoring the situation closely with our city, state, and federal agency partners, particularly the NYPD. For this weekend’s marathon, as with all of our events, the safety and security of our runners, staff, volunteers, and spectators is our top priority. Together with our agency partners, we have extensive safety and security measures in place, both visible and behind the scenes. We are constantly reviewing our plans with law enforcement and will consider any necessary modifications or enhancements.”

The New York City Marathon, the largest 42.2K road race in the world with more than 51,000 finishers in 2016, is scheduled for Nov. 5 with a finish in Manhattan’s Central Park. The site of the attack was not on the course of the marathon.

Various events scheduled for Wednesday were cancelled, race organizers announced. The latest news can be found at the NYRR website.