New York City Marathon Security To Be Tightened After Boston

Special screening to be in place for anyone standing at the finish line

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Runners start the 116th running of the Boston Marathon, in Hopkinton, Mass., Monday, April 16, 2012.

Security will be tightened at next month’s New York City Marathon, as race organizers react to the fallout from the Boston Marathon bombings earlier this year.

People carrying bags anywhere near the New York City Marathon, which takes place on Sunday, November 3, will be searched and anyone hoping to wait for runners at the finish line will have to pass through special screening, The New York Times reports. Bags will be banned entirely from the parade to kickoff the marathon, the biggest in the country.

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings organizers of the NYC race consulted with a private firm to conduct a sweeping security analysis. Those findings led to heightened security in some aspects of the event. The New York City Police Department would not disclose any details of its own security plans for the event.

[The New York Times]

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