Thursday, April 18, 2013

Running for Boston - With Our New Security Measures

Lisa and I are registered for Sunday's annual Run for the Parks 4-Miler, a New York Road Runners race that always raises money for Central Park and others in NY. This time, however, it is also a Run for Boston. For an extra $20 per person, with all donations going to the local government's The One Fund Boston, you get a blue tech shirt that says "I run for...Boston" on it. In addition to the standard bib in front, there is also an "I run for...Boston" bib that we will affix to the back of our shirts.

If you look closely, you can see the additional piece of paper in our registration packet. It is the first evidence of how the tragedy at the Boston Marathon has touched routine racing at Central Park. At least for this race, we received these clear bags that we label if we want to check them, as we are not allowed to bring backpacks into the park for this race. Whether it will be a standard policy going forward I can't say. The bottom line is that we run in support of our friends up north, we are here for you. Here is a closer look:

In addition, I just received this email from NYRR with further details:

Sunday, April 21 | 8:00 a.m. | 4-Mile Race in Central Park

As part of our ongoing focus on the safety of our runners, and in partnership with the NYPD, we have implemented enhanced security measures, detailed below, for this Sunday’s race. We ask that you arrive early on race day, and we appreciate your full cooperation with these procedures in order to avoid any interruption to the day’s events.
Race-day registration, T-shirt pickup, and baggage drop-off will be located inside Rumsey Playfield. Everyone who enters Rumsey Playfield will be subject to a security screening.
We strongly encourage you not to bring a bag to Central Park. However, if you’re registering or picking up your race materials on race day and bring a bag, you will be given a clear bag at the entrance to Rumsey Playfield. You must transfer the contents of your own bag into the clear bag before you proceed to the registration tent. Any unattended bags will be confiscated by NYPD and could cause an interruption to the day’s events.
There will be no trash cans in the race vicinity this weekend. We encourage you to hand your trash to our volunteers and staff members.
Toilets along the course will be located only at mile 2.
Kids’ Races will start on West Drive (running east on the 72nd Street Transverse) and end at the same finish line as the adult race. Due to these changes, Kids’ Races will now start a half-hour later at 9:30 a.m.
NYRR and the NYPD reserve the right to search any bag at any time, both within and outside the baggage area.
Visit the race page for more information.

Thank you for your cooperation with our efforts to ensure a safe and fun event for all participants, spectators, volunteers, and staff. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday in Central Park!


George said...

I'll be there. I've volunteered in the baggage area. I hope volunteers can buy the "I run for Boston" shirts, too! Stop by to say hi, if you have time.

Unknown said...

Have fun on the tribute run! Its so sad to see how many security measures have to be in place for races now. Never thought it would ever come to that for runners, sad sad thing.

Mark Newman said...

Will look for you and say hi George. Laura (hi :), I know...hope it's not a longterm effect but will see.

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