Runners and spectators at Sunday's New York City Marathon should expect a heavy police presence, but at the "Dash to the Finish Line" 5K Saturday, one of the last big events before the race, runners NY1 spoke with said they understand why security has been stepped up. NY1's Mahsa Saeidi filed the following report.
On April 15, Jacob Sternfeld was in Boston, running the marathon.
"The time the bomb went off and me finishing was five minutes' difference," Sternfeld said.
His wife, Andrea Mia, was there, too.
"She was trying to find a place in the stands, and thank God she didn't find a place in the stands," Sternfeld said.
"Well, I was just worried because I knew he was supposed to be finishing right then, and I was just like, 'Where is he?'" Mia said.
Sternfeld never got to finish the marathon in Boston, but come Sunday, he'll have his chance in New York.
He was one of thousands of runners who hit the streets Saturday for a 5K from the United Nations to Central Park. It was a warm-up of sorts for the New York City Marathon, which had to be cancelled last year because of Hurricane Sandy.
"We're going to be running with those impacted by Sandy in our hearts, those impacted by Boston in our hearts," said Mary Wittenberg, president of New York Road Runners.
In the marathon this year, more than 45,000 are expected to run 26.2 miles through the five boroughs and cross the finish line in Central Park.
Because of the Boston bombing, security will be tight along the course Sunday, with NYPD officers on the ground, in the air and on the water. Runners NY1 spoke with said that they realize the risks, but said they're not going to be paralyzed by it.
"It is a bit scary, but you know, we take it, you live life," said runner Portia Oliver. "It's a dream, we want to live it, and I think that our lives are in God's hands and that he'll take care of us."
Wittenberg was in Boston that day as well.
"That day, I remember looking out and seeing so many people coming together, cheering on these runners, family members, arms around each other, having a great time," she said.
That's what Wittenberg wants to protect and continue, Sunday and beyond.