Busy Weekend Ahead For NYPD As Trump Visit Coincides With Marathon

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October 30, 2019 - 12:50 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The New York Police Department is going to have its hands full this weekend.

Security in the city has already been stepped up following the death of the leader of ISIS and police have said the extra patrols will remain in place through the 49th annual TCS New York City Marathon Sunday.

The department will also increase patrols on Saturday night when President Donald Trump is expected to come to town.

The president says he will be attending an MMA event at Madison Square Garden and then staying overnight at his Trump Tower apartment.

Trump plans to head back to Washington, D.C. on Sunday – which is also when the marathon will take place, meaning the roads are most likely going to be snarled.

Luckily, New York Road Runners (NYRR) spokesman Chris Weiler doesn't think the president's visit will interfere with the race or the NYPD’s ability to secure it.

“It’s a long way from Staten Island to Manhattan through all the boroughs – 26.2 miles – so, there’s a lot of logistics involved,” Weiler said. “But, the NYPD’s the best in the business and we work very closely with them.”

He notes that NYPD officers are posted all along the route and is in constant communication with NYRR to alert them to any possible threats.

Weiler says if anything should happen, they will know immediately to alert all runners, spectators and volunteers.

“But, we don’t anticipate any issues,” Weiler stressed.  

It remains unclear if the president will leave New York before or after the race.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond got to watch the annual blue line painting at the marathon’s finish line.

Marathon Line Painting
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Though the rain pushed the line painting indoors, she reports the weather hasn’t dampened the spirits of the runners.

“It’s not easy but for me, I don’t have any pressure. So, I’m ready to do my best on Sunday,” said last year’s women’s race winner, Mary Keitany.

Officials expect 52,000 finishers this year and Greg Baxtrom hopes to be one of them.

He says finishing the race is unlike any other feeling.

“Like you can do anything. Like, if you can run New York City and all these people come out and you’ve trained for it and you run from Staten Island to Central Park, anything else that comes along in your life, you know you can overcome,” he said.