In an effort to promote public safety, County Executive Laura Curran and Nassau County Police Department Commissioner Patrick J. Ryder have announced the following security measures for the 2019 Long Island Marathon:
• All vehicles at the starting line and other staging areas must be credentialed and known in advance• Large contingent of uniformed police officers assigned to detail• Officers assigned from NCPD Emergency Services and other units will be equipped with portable radiation detectors• All bags and backpacks will be subject to K-9 detection prior to going on the Parks Department trucks to the finish line. K-9 Officers will be patrolling the general area• Participants should arrive early due to modified road closures around the start and finish line areas and should plan to leave enough time for parking and travel to starting line• Participants may only use clear bags at the baggage check. Clear bags will be provided by race officials at participant check-in• Spectators may bring bags into the finish line area in Eisenhower Park but they are all subject to search, use clear plastic bags for convenience• Any bags or packages found on the ground will be considered suspicious and investigated. Participants should not leave personal items along the race route
• Eisenhower Park finish line security at the spectator seating area includes Modified Fencing and Jersey Walls around seating Entrance/Exit gateways and bags/backpacks are subject to search• Finish line festival area will include fencing and jersey walls to limit gateways for ingress and egress• The staff and volunteer-only areas require vehicle credentials as well as individual credentials. Only previously credentialed individuals will be permitted in these areas
Buses will be available to shuttle participants from the 625 RXR Plaza, Uniondale beginning Sunday at 5:15 a.m. to the starting line in Eisenhower Park. They will begin return trips at approximately 10:30 a.m. continuing throughout the day until the race is completed.
Buses will only run on Sunday, May 5, 2019