Capital Region woman confident about NYC Marathon security following terror attack

November 02, 2017 03:21 AM

Concerns about Tuesday's deadly Halloween terror attack in lower Manhattan are likely to spill over into the city's annual marathon this weekend. 

“They are doing everything they possibly can to keep us all as safe as they possibly can,” said Eleonora Morrell. 

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The New York City native grew up on Manhattan’s Upper East Side but now lives in Clifton Park where she spends most mornings running with friends. 

The 49-year-old finished her first New York City marathon in 2014. 

“5 hours and 20 minutes later I crossed that finish line and I was ecstatic,” Morrell said. “I never thought I could accomplish such a feat.”

That feat came about a year after the Boston Marathon bombing.

On Sunday, Morrell will run the 26.2 mile race in her second New York City marathon, days after the city's deadliest terror attack since 9/11.

“I can't focus on it,” Morrell said. “And I don't want to have that be my focus.”

However, the terror attack is very much a focus for local, state and federal officials.

“This was an attack on the United States of America, an attack on New York City, an attack on our people,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said. 

29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov mowed down a group on of people in lower Manhattan a bike path with a rented pickup truck Tuesday, killing eight people.

Saipov then crashed into a school bus, jumped out of the truck with two imitation guns, shouted "Allah Akbar," meaning God is great in Arabic, before he was shot by police. 

“It appears that Mr. Saipov had been planning this for a number of weeks,” said NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller. 
Morrell knows running in Sunday's marathon is a risk.

“I don't want to say it's my new normal but it is a reality of the world we live in,” she said. 

However, not racing is not an option. 

“If you do that then somebody else wins and I'm going to win this race, not them,” Morrell said. 

Marathon organizers said they work with city police, state and federal officials to ensure the safety of everyone. 


Nia Hamm

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