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Security Measures

The safety of runners and spectators has always been New York Road Runners' highest priority. We are fortunate to work in close collaboration with the NYPD and our federal, state, and city agency partners to ensure the safety of all of our events.

There are a number of visible security measures in place, as well as several behind-the-scenes security elements. It is our goal to be sure that we are implementing the needed security features while causing minimal impact on your race-week experience.


Bag Inspection

All bags and items entering TCS New York City Marathon venues and events are subject to inspection by New York Road Runners, contracted private security personnel, venue personnel, and the NYPD. To speed access and avoid longer lines, we strongly recommend against bringing a bag.

Venues that will have some type of inspection/restrictions will include, but will not be limited to:

  • TCS New York City Marathon Opening Ceremony Presented by United Airlines
    Delegates marching in the Parade of Nations will not be able to march with bags. Spectators (standing and in bleachers) carrying bags will be subject to bag inspection. We suggest one bag per guest, no larger than a woman's purse.
  • TCS New York City Marathon Health and Wellness Expo, TCS New York City Marathon Eve Dinner, Blue Line Lounge presented by Tata Consultancy Services at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion
    Any person entering these venues will be subject to bag inspection. To speed your access, we strongly recommend that you do not bring a bag. However, you may bring one bag per guest, no larger than a woman's purse.
  • Grandstand Seating
    Spectators with bags in any Central Park grandstand will be subject to baggage inspection before entering the bleacher seats. We suggest one bag per guest, no larger than the size of a woman's purse. Please note that no strollers will be allowed.

Prohibited Items

In order to ensure the safety of all TCS New York City Marathon participants, spectators, and partners, there is a list of items that runners will not be allowed to bring to the start villages or run with on the course. Please review the link provided with enough time to plan appropriately.

We are lucky in New York City to have some of the world's best law enforcement partners in our corner. Still, we can all play a role in keeping our community safe. If you see something suspicious taking place on or before race day, make sure to report that behavior or activity to local law enforcement; in the case of emergency, call 911.

Thank you for attention to these very important matters. We will continue to keep everyone apprised of any new information. We can't wait to see you on race day!