NYC Mayor: The Marathon Should Foot Police Costs

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 5, 2012
  • Updated Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM UTC
Mayor Bloomberg has no problems with the new event security costs. Photo: WYNC

He thinks they are fair and that the Marathon can handle them.

Mayor Bloomberg has no problems with the new event security costs. Photo: WYNC

With the price of the ING New York City Marathon rising $60, many angry runners are asking the question: just what is driving this steep increase? According to the marathon’s governing body, the New York Road Runners, the price change was driven by new costs levied by the New York City Police Department for event security.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is offering no apologies for these costs.

“We would like to have more big events, but at the same time, with a limited budget, the police department’s first priority has to be making sure that we keep terrorists from attacking us and keep street crime down,” Bloomberg said. ”Our objective is to get it to zero.”

Bloomberg went on to add that these new costs are an additional source of revenue for the city. He said that the city only levied costs on organizations that can sustain them.

The New York City Police Department did not respond to WNYC’s request for comment about the new costs.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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