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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Runners planning to participate in Sunday’s New York City Marathon say the terror attack on Tuesday in lower Manhattan will not deter them from the race.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a news conference after the attack that security would be intensified for the marathon, which draws hundreds of thousands of spectators throughout the 26.2-mile course through the five boroughs.
Ugandan runner Harbert Okuti, a Westchester Road Runner member, says it will be business as usual for him on Sunday and he hopes the race will provide a positive boost for New Yorkers.
“It’s so sad to see something like this happen in New York City, but we live in an open society and people are capable of anything,” Okuti said. “But we have to be strong and not let them prevent us from who we are as human beings.
“I still think it’s going to be a great weekend, and it’ll be great to see New Yorkers cheer for something good,” he said.
Daphne Matalene, a New York Road Runner coach, compared Sunday’s marathon to the NYC Marathon after the 9/11 attacks.
“It’ll be uplifting, especially for the police officers and firefighters who are running in the race,” Matalene said. “It’s the best day of the year in New York and will always be the best day in New York.
“I have every confidence that the marathon will go off without a hitch,” Matalene said. “I know there will more obvious security and non-obvious security.”
Yonkers resident George Gerbacia, who’s part of the Westchester Track Club and running in the marathon, echoed Matalene’s comments, saying he has faith in New York City’s law enforcement and is “excited to start and finish this darn thing.”
“Unless there’s some credible threat from the NYPD or intelligence agency, it’s all green light for me,” Gerbacia said. “They’re trained for this. They know what they’re doing. It’s the old cliche, what are we going to do, stop our lives? It’s a horrible situation, and I feel for the innocent people slaughtered today. … As far as Sunday is concerned, we’ll be there.”
The New York Road Runners, which produces the marathon, released a statement extending sympathies to the victims and their families and said it will be monitoring the situation closely.
“For this weekend’s marathon, as well with all of our events, the safety and security of our runners, staff, volunteers and spectators is our top priority,” the New York Road Runners said. “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.”
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