To protect spectators and runners alike, the New York Police Department uses metal detectors and reserves the right to search all bags and items that spectators or runners bring to events organized by the New York Road Runners. Any bag left alone will be immediately confiscated by the police. Runners may be screened at any of the event's toilet locations.
As a result of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, the NYRR has enhanced its security procedures, many of which are undisclosed and happen behind the scenes with the NYPD, to ensure no one with an intent to harm gets near the runners or spectators. The nonprofit organization must take extra precautions since it is responsible for many N.Y. running events and races, including the New York City Marathon, and more than 45 other races and events scheduled for 2015.
Before a marathon, the NYPD stages various exercises in which possible scenarios are played out and ways to handle those scenarios or threats are demonstrated. The department works with other city agencies to ensure successful and efficient outcomes.
Trash must be given to event volunteers or event staff because all trash cans are removed from the vicinity of the races.