NYC Police To Raise Fees For Races

Most likely, the increased costs will be passed on to the runner.

Running in New York City just got more expensive. Actually, it won’t get more expensive until 2012. According to The New York Times, effective January 1, 2012, the New York City Police Department will increase what they charge organizers of the ING New York City Marathon along with other race companies. Police commissioner Raymond W. Kelly broke the bad news at a City Council Public Safety Committee budget hearing.

The increased fees paid by race organizers will go to controlling traffic and other services resulting from shutting down streets in the city.

Kelly said that the marathon, always held on Sunday, results in $3 million in overtime payments. “It’s always on Sunday, that’s our most expensive day, and I think it’s reasonable to ask the organizers who make a significant amount of money on events like the marathon to pay for some of the city costs,” he said.

New York Road Runners CEO Mary Wittenberg was relieved the increased charges won’t go into effect until next year.

For More: The New York Times

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