NYC marathon presents next logistical challenge for NYPD just days after attack

Officials promised a huge police presence to protect the New York City marathon, which will take place Sunday, just days after the deadliest terrorist attack in the city since 9/11.

“We will look forward to the marathon on Sunday, it will go on as scheduled, it will be an extraordinary event as it always is, it will be well protected as it always is, and we will take additional measures to ensure that,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a press conference Wednesday.

NYPD Chief of Department Carlos Gomez said that following the truck attack in lower Manhattan on Tuesday, which left eight dead and a dozen more injured, police immediately mobilized and deployed additional officers and resources throughout the city.

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Police investigate a vehicle allegedly used in a ramming incident on the West Side Highway in Manhattan, New York, U.S., October 31, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Parents pick up their children from Public School 89 near the scene where a truck plowed through a bike path in lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 in New York City. Officials are reporting up to 8 dead and 15 people have been injured. (Photo by Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
All media responding to the incident in Lower Manhattan are asked to meet DCPI reps at Chambers Street and Greenwich Street.

Photo: Martin Speechley/Office of the Deputy Commissioner Public Information (DCPI)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Emergency personal respond after reports of multiple people hit by a truck after it plowed through a bike path in lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 in New York City. According to reports up to six people may have been killed. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Police gather at the scene after reports of multiple people injured after a truck plowed through a bike path in lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 in New York City. Officials are reporting up to 6 dead and 11 people have been injured. (Photo by Andy Kiss/Getty Images)
NYPD investigators are at the crime scene near a bike path in lower Manhattan in New York, NY, U.S., October 31, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
A police dog checks out vehicles along the street after a shooting incident in New York City, U.S. October 31, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Police block off the street after a shooting incident in New York City, U.S. October 31, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: NYPD officers respond after reports of multiple people hit by a truck after it plowed through a bike path in lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 in New York City. According to reports up to six people may have been killed. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
Parents pick up their children from a local school after a shooting incident in New York City, U.S. October 31, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
A NYPD officer stands guard at a crime scene near a bike path where a body is covered with a white-sheet in lower Manhattan in New York, NY, U.S., October 31, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Police direct people away from the scene after reports of multiple people injured after a truck plowed through a bike path in lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 in New York City. Officials are reporting up to 6 dead and 11 people have been injured. (Photo by Andy Kiss/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: NYPD officers respond after reports of multiple people hit by a truck after it plowed through a bike path in lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 in New York City. According to reports up to six people may have been killed. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Children are evacuated from a school as Emergency personal Respond after a man driving a rental truck struck and killed eight people on a jogging and bike path in Lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 in New York City. Officials are reporting up to 8 dead and at least 15 people have been injured. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: NYPD officers respond after reports of multiple people hit by a truck after it plowed through a bike path in lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 in New York City. According to reports up to six people may have been killed. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
Police investigate a vehicle allegedly used in a ramming incident on the West Side Highway in Manhattan, New York, U.S., October 31, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
A Home Depot truck which struck down multiple people on a bike path, killing several and injuring numerous others is seen as New York city first responders are at the crime scene in lower Manhattan in New York, NY, U.S., October 31, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Parents pick up their children from P.S./I.S.-89 school after a shooting incident in New York City, U.S. October 31, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Parents pick up their children from P.S./I.S.-89 school after a shooting incident in New York City, U.S. October 31, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Parents pick up their children from P.S./I.S.-89 school after a shooting incident in New York City, U.S. October 31, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Emergency personal respond after a man driving a rental truck struck and killed eight people on a jogging and bike path in Lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 in New York City. Officials are reporting up to 8 dead and at least 15 people have been injured. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Emergency personal respond after a man driving a rental truck struck and killed eight people on a jogging and bike path in Lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 in New York City. Officials are reporting up to 8 dead and at least 15 people have been injured. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: A NYPD Officer blocks a street as emergency personal respond after a man driving a rental truck struck and killed eight people on a jogging and bike path in Lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 in New York City. Officials are reporting up to 8 dead and at least 15 people have been injured. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Parents pick up their children from school near the scene where a truck plowed through a bike path in lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 in New York City. Officials are reporting up to 8 dead and 15 people have been injured. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Emergency personal respond after a man driving a rental truck struck and killed eight people on a jogging and bike path in Lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 in New York City. Officials are reporting up to 8 dead and at least 15 people have been injured. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
Law enforcement officers secure an area following an incident in New York on October 31, 2017. A pickup driver killed eight people in New York on Tuesday, mowing down cyclists and pedestrians, before striking a school bus in what officials branded a 'cowardly act of terror.' Eleven others were seriously injured in the broad daylight assault and first deadly terror-related attack in America's financial and entertainment capital since the September 11, 2001 Al-Qaeda hijackings brought down the Twin Towers. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
An investigator walks past a crashed pickup truck following an incident in New York on October 31, 2017. A pickup driver killed eight people in New York on Tuesday, mowing down cyclists and pedestrians, before striking a school bus in what officials branded a 'cowardly act of terror.' Eleven others were seriously injured in the broad daylight assault and first deadly terror-related attack in America's financial and entertainment capital since the September 11, 2001 Al-Qaeda hijackings brought down the Twin Towers. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers on Chambers Street surround the rented Home Depot Inc. pick up truck used in a motorist attack on the West Side of Manhattan in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. A man in a rented pickup truck drove onto a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center memorial and mowed down people Tuesday, killing at least eight and injuring several others. Photographer: Tim Fadek/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Emergency personal respond after a man driving a rental truck struck and killed eight people on a jogging and bike path in Lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 in New York City. Officials are reporting up to 8 dead and at least 15 people have been injured. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Parents pick up their children from Public School 89 near the scene where a truck plowed through a bike path in lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 in New York City. Officials are reporting up to 8 dead and 15 people have been injured. (Photo by Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Police surround the area where a truck plowed through a bike path in lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 in New York City. Officials are reporting up to 6 dead and 15 people have been injured.(Photo by Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Authorities walk just outside the perimeter of the crime scene following a shooting incident in New York on October 31, 2017. Several people were killed and numerous others injured in New York on Tuesday when a suspect plowed a vehicle into a bike and pedestrian path in Lower Manhattan, and struck another vehicle on Halloween, police said. A suspect exited the vehicle holding up fake guns, before being shot by police and taken into custody, officers said. The motive was not immediately apparent. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Parents pick up their children from Public School 89 near the scene where a truck plowed through a bike path in lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 in New York City. Officials are reporting up to 8 dead and 15 people have been injured. (Photo by Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - OCTOBER 31 : Security forces cordon off the area after a man reportedly drove a pick up truck along a bike lane near the West Side Highway in New York City on October 31, 2017. Eight people were reportedly killed in the incident, at least 12 were injured. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Children are evacuated from a school as emergency personal respond after a man driving a rental truck struck and killed eight people on a jogging and bike path in Lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 in New York City. Officials are reporting up to 8 dead and at least 15 people have been injured. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: SWAT members check for explosives under a car one block from the scene where a truck plowed through a bike path in lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 in New York City. Officials are reporting up to 6 dead and 15 people have been injured.(Photo by Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Parents pick up their children from Public School 89 near the scene where a truck plowed through a bike path in lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 in New York City. Officials are reporting up to 8 dead and 15 people have been injured. (Photo by Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - OCTOBER 31 : Security forces cordon off the area after a man reportedly drove a pick up truck along a bike lane near the West Side Highway in New York City on October 31, 2017. Eight people were reportedly killed in the incident, at least 12 were injured. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: A NYPD Officer blocks a street as emergency personal respond after a man driving a rental truck struck and killed eight people on a jogging and bike path in Lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 in New York City. Officials are reporting up to 8 dead and at least 15 people have been injured. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - OCTOBER 31 : Security forces cordon off the area after a man reportedly drove a pick up truck along a bike lane near the West Side Highway in New York City on October 31, 2017. Eight people were reportedly killed in the incident, at least 12 were injured. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
New York Fire Department (NYFD) and New York Police Department (NYPD) vehicles sit parked on a blocked off street after a motorist attack on the West Side of Manhattan in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. A man in a rented pickup truck drove onto a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center memorial and mowed down people Tuesday, killing at least eight and injuring several others. Photographer: Tim Fadek/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A young girl reacts as police officers secure an area following a shooting incident in New York on October 31, 2017. Several people were killed and numerous others injured in New York on Tuesday after a vehicle plowed into a pedestrian and bike path in Lower Manhattan, police said. 'The vehicle struck multiple people on the path,' police tweeted. 'The vehicle continued south striking another vehicle. The suspect exited the vehicle displaying imitation firearms & was shot by NYPD.' / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - OCTOBER 31 : Security forces cordon off the area after a man reportedly drove a pick up truck along a bike lane near the West Side Highway in New York City on October 31, 2017. Eight people were reportedly killed in the incident, at least 12 were injured. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Police officers inspect a truck following a shooting incident in New York on October 31, 2017. Several people were killed and numerous others injured in New York on Tuesday when a suspect plowed a vehicle into a bike and pedestrian path in Lower Manhattan, and struck another vehicle on Halloween, police said. A suspect exited the vehicle holding up fake guns, before being shot by police and taken into custody, officers said. The motive was not immediately apparent. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Emergency personal respond to reports of possible shooting in Lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 in New York City. According to reports up to eight people may have been killed. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
A bicycles lies inside the roped off crime scene following a shooting incident in New York on October 31, 2017. Several people were killed and numerous others injured in New York on Tuesday when a suspect plowed a vehicle into a bike and pedestrian path in Lower Manhattan, and struck another vehicle on Halloween, police said. A suspect exited the vehicle holding up fake guns, before being shot by police and taken into custody, officers said. The motive was not immediately apparent. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Police investigate a vehicle allegedly used in a ramming incident on the West Side Highway in Manhattan, New York, U.S., October 31, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Police officers secure an area following a shooting incident in New York on October 31, 2017. Several people were killed and numerous others injured in New York on Tuesday after a vehicle plowed into a pedestrian and bike path in Lower Manhattan, police said. 'The vehicle struck multiple people on the path,' police tweeted. 'The vehicle continued south striking another vehicle. The suspect exited the vehicle displaying imitation firearms & was shot by NYPD.' / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers arrive at the scene following a shooting incident in New York on October 31, 2017. Multiple people were hurt in downtown Manhattan, US media reported after police confirmed that they were responding to reports of a shooting. Police said they had mobilized to the scene in Lower Manhattan and that one person was in custody, giving no further details. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
People watch as police officers secure an area following a shooting incident in New York on October 31, 2017. Several people were killed and numerous others injured in New York on Tuesday after a vehicle plowed into a pedestrian and bike path in Lower Manhattan, police said. 'The vehicle struck multiple people on the path,' police tweeted. 'The vehicle continued south striking another vehicle. The suspect exited the vehicle displaying imitation firearms & was shot by NYPD.' / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
A pickup truck used in an attack sits on the intersection of West and Chambers Street in Manhattan, New York, U.S., October 31 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 31: Media gathers at West St. and Murray St. after a man driving a rental truck struck and killed eight people on a jogging and bike path in Lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 in New York City. Officials are reporting up to 8 dead and at least 15 people have been injured. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 31: Police gather at Greenwich St. and Murray St. after a man driving a rental truck struck and killed eight people on a jogging and bike path in Lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 in New York City. Officials are reporting up to 8 dead and at least 15 people have been injured. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)
Parents pick up their children from P.S./I.S.-89 school after a shooting incident in New York City, U.S. October 31, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Parents pick up their children from P.S./I.S.-89 school after a shooting incident in New York City, U.S. October 31, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Parents pick up their children from P.S./I.S.-89 school after a shooting incident in New York City, U.S. October 31, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Security would also be ramped up for the upcoming marathon, where more than 51,000 runners and 2.5 million spectators are expected, he said.

“We’re just a few days away from the New York City marathon … we’ve enhanced security for this also. It’s going to be a very safe event,” Gomez said.

Gomez said police have added additional sand trucks and blocker vehicles to guard the event. He declined to give a specific figure but added, “it will be the most ever deployed to this event.”

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Police have “more than doubled” their observation teams, rooftop observation posts and counter sniper teams throughout the city’s five boroughs, Gomez said. They have also added additional heavy weapons teams around the city for the marathon.

Officers from the department’s emergency services unit, strategic response group and critical response command teams will “be at fixed locations along the route, but they will also have a mobile response capability if they are needed elsewhere,” Gomez said. A large number of K-9 officers would also be deployed throughout the route, he added.

“This increase will supplement the already large substantial detail of uniformed officers that you’ll see along the route but there will also be officers attired in civilian attire plain clothes that you won’t see,” Gomez said. “They’ll be mixing in with the crowds to detect any suspicious activity.”

“Our aviation helicopters will patrol from above, they’ll survey rooftops as well as the route,” he said.

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Scenes from the New York City marathon through the years
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Scenes from the New York City marathon through the years
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 22: New York City Marathon runners crossing Verranzano Bridge. (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Bill Rodgers (#2) running in the New York City Marathon.
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 22: New York City Marathon runner Tom Fleming receiving water. (Photo by Ken Korotkin/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Crowds of runners run across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the beginning of the New York City Marathon, New York City, October 21, 1979. (Photo by Barton Silverman/New York Times Co./Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 24: New York City Marathon runners and Fred Lebow looking over the Marathon route on a map. (Photo by Pat Carroll/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Germany's Uta Pippig cries 14 November 1993 after crossing the finish line to win the New York City Marathon. Pippig posted a career best time of two hours, 26 minutes, and 23 seconds to win the marathon in her first try. (Photo credit should read HAI DO/AFP/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) A crowd of runners - more than 14,000 - moves across the Verrazano Bridge from Staten Island at the start of the 10th New York City Marathon 10/21. Contestants from all 50 states and a dozen foreign countries ranged in age from 9 to 80. Champion Bill Rodgers, of Melrose, Massachusetts, won the run for the fourth consecutive year.
Marathon runners crossing the Verranzano Narrows Bridge during the ING New York City Marathon on 14th November 1993 in New York, New York, United States.(Photo by Darrell Ingham/Getty Images)
New York City Marathon, Women's winner, Grete Waitz, is off and running. (Photo By: John Roca/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
A marathon runner at the finish, New York City, November 1985. (Photo by Barbara Alper/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: Alberto Salazar of the USA nears the finish line of the 1980 New York Marathon held on October 26, 1980 in New York City. Salazar won the race in a time of 2:09:41, the first of his three consecutive wins. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)
Runners pour over the fog-shrouded Verrazano Bridge at the start of the New York City Marathon in New York, November 2. John Kagwe of Kenya won the men's competion in 2:08:11 and Franziska Rochat-Moser of Switzerland won the women's side in 2:28:42. SPORT MARATHON
Thousands of runners cross the Verrazano Narrows bridge into Brooklyn as a cargo container ship passes under them at the start of the New York City Marathon, November 1. Over 30,000 runners took part in the 29th annual run through the five boroughs of New York. JC/CLH/
Kenya's John Kagwe crosses the finish line to win the New York City Marathon with a time of 2:08:45 November 1. Kagwe also won the 1997 New York marathon. RFS/ME
Italy's Franca Ficconi wins the New York City Marathon with a time of 2:17:41 November 1. Over 30,000 runners participated in the race through five New York boroughs. ??�
One runner carries the Mexican flag and another wears a American flag bandana in the New York City Marathon as they cross the Verazzano Narrows Bridge shortly after the start of the race, November 4, 2001. Some 30,000 runners were expected to compete under tight security. Lower Manhattan is in the distant background. REUTERS/Peter Morgan PM/HK
Tesfaye Jifar of Ethiopia kisses the ground after crossing the finish line of the New York City Marathon November 4 in New York. Jifar ran the fastest-ever New York City Marathon, finishing in a record time of 2:07:43. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine RFS/SV
Saul Mendoza, USA and Helene A Hines, USA (R) talk after they were presented their awards after they won the men's and women's division of the Wheel Chair section of the New York City Marathon November 4, 2001 in New York. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine RFS/ME
Runners in the New York City Marathon cross over the Verazzano Narrows Bridge as they enter Brooklyn on November 4, 2001. Some 30,000 runners were expected to compete in the race under tight security. REUTERS/Brad Rickerby BR/HK/ME
Lloyd Scott, outfitted in a 1940's era diving suit, walks across the 59th street bridge while attempting to complete the New York City marathon in New York, November 6, 2002 It will take almost a week to cover the same distance others cover in a few hours due to the more than 140 pounds of equipment he is wearing for chairty to draw attention to cancer and leukemia in children. The marathon was run on November 3. REUTERS/Chip East CME/SV/CMC
Adam Stein displays an American flag at the start of the 33rd New York City Marathon, November 3, 2002. Some 30,000 runners were expected to compete on the 26.2 mile race through New York's five boroughs. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is in background. REUTERS/Peter Morgan PM/HB
Edith Hunkeler of Switzerland celebrates as she wins the Women's Wheelchair division of the 2007 New York City Marathon in New York November 4, 2007. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES)
Paula Radcliffe of England carries her nine-month-old daughter Isla after winning the Women's division of the 2007 New York City Marathon in New York November 4, 2007. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES)
Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil hugs his wife Juliana after winning the men's division of the 2008 New York City Marathon November 2, 2008. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES)
The lead pack of elite men's runners pass over the 59th street bridge during the New York marathon, November 2, 2008. REUTERS/Chip East (UNITED STATES)
Shalane Flanagan of the U.S. is escorted by New York Road Runners President Mary Whittenberg after Flanagan finished second in the women's division of the New York City Marathon, November 7, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
Shalane Flanagan of the U.S. drops to her knees after she finished second in the women's division of the New York City Marathon, November 7, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
Runners walk by Javier Rancel from Venezuela, as he rests his injured knee on the Pulaski Bridge during the 2011 New York City Marathon in New York November 6, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
Firehiwot Dado of Ethiopia (L) celebrates with compatriot Buzunesh Deba after they finished first and second in the women's division of the 2011 New York City Marathon in New York November 6, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
The elite women pack runs across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge during the New York City Marathon in New York, November 3, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the men's division of the New York City Marathon in New York, November 3, 2013. Mutai broke away with about four miles to go to win the New York City Marathon in blustery, chilly conditions on Sunday. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
New York Police Department officers perform security checks on runners arriving to take part in the New York City Marathon on Staten Island, New York November 3, 2013. In addition to cheering supporters, runners in this Sunday's New York City Marathon will also be monitored by bomb-sniffing dogs, police scuba divers and surveillance helicopters to prevent an attack similar to the one at the Boston race earlier this year. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
A runner carrying the U.S. flag and wearing a t-shirt that says "Boston Strong" crosses the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge during the New York City Marathon in New York, November 3, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
Medals for finishing runners hang on stands just past the finish line shortly before the start of the 2014 New York City Marathon in Central Park in Manhattan, November 2, 2014 REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
Runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge shortly after the start of the New York City Marathon in New York, November 2, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
New York City Marathon Grand Marshal Spike Lee (C) poses with 2014 champions Tatyana McFadden (L), Wilson Kipsang (2nd L), Mary Keitany (2nd R), and Kurt Fearnley (R) during a news conference in New York, October 29, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Runners make their way across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge during the New York City Marathon in New York, November 2, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
Men's champion Wilson Kipsang of Kenya leads elite's runners while they make their way across Manhattan during the New York City Marathon in New York, November 2, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
Grand Marshall and film director Spike Lee takes a photo with his smartphone before the New York City Marathon in New York November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
An exhausted runner leans on a railing after finishing the 2015 New York City Marathon in New York's Central Park, November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar
A woman holds up a sign for the runners taking part in the New York City Marathon in New York November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Nov 1, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Runners in the pro men's division line up at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge before the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Runners arrive to compete in the 2016 New York City Marathon in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., November 6, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea gestures as he crosses the finish line to win the men's field of the 2016 New York City Marathon in Central Park in the Manhattan borough of New York City, NY, U.S. November 6, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Runners cross the Verrazano?Narrows Bridge during the 2016 New York City Marathon in the Manhattan borough of New York City, NY, U.S. November 6, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Runners cross the Verrazano?Narrows Bridge during the 2016 New York City Marathon in the Manhattan borough of New York City, NY, U.S. November 6, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
A participant taking part in the men's wheelchair division crosses the Verrazano?Narrows Bridge during the 2016 New York City Marathon in the Manhattan borough of New York City, NY, U.S. November 6, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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“We look for it to be a very safe and enjoyable Sunday,” Gomez added.

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Officials said suspect Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov was following the Islamic State’s playbook “to a T” when he barreled his rented pickup truck into a bike lane in lower Manhattan Tuesday afternoon.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said earlier that they believe Saipov was a "lone wolf" and not part of some wider plot.

Saipov, who was also armed with a pellet gun and paint ball gun and had several knives in his vehicle, was shot in the abdomen by NYPD Officer Ryan Nash and taken to a hospital. Nash, 28, is being hailed by officials as “a hero.”

The New York Road Runners, which produce the marathon, released a statement Tuesday night saying safety was their top priority.

“We are constantly reviewing our plans with law enforcement and will consider any necessary modifications or enhancements,” the group said.

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Vigils and memorials for victims of the bike trail terror attack in New York
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Vigils and memorials for victims of the bike trail terror attack in New York
A girl holds a candle outside the Instituto Politecnico, a technical high school, where the five Argentine citizens who were killed in the truck attack in New York on October 31 went to school, in Rosario, Argentina November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
People gather in Foley Square during a vigil for the victims of the West Side Highway pickup attack, in Manhattan, New York, U.S. November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
People place candles outside the Instituto Politecnico, a technical high school, where the five Argentine citizens who were killed in the truck attack in New York on October 31 went to school, in Rosario, Argentina November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
People hold signs and candles during a vigil for victims of the pickup truck attack at Foley Square in New York City, U.S., November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
Candles are seen during a vigil for victims of the pickup truck attack at Foley Square in New York City, U.S., November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
A woman reacts outside the Instituto Politecnico, a technical high school, where the five Argentine citizens who were killed in the truck attack in New York on October 31 went to school, in Rosario, Argentina November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
People place candles outside the Instituto Politecnico, a technical high school, where the five Argentine citizens who were killed in the truck attack in New York on October 31 went to school, in Rosario, Argentina November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
A man holds a sign during a candlelight vigil for victims of the pickup truck attack at Foley Square in New York City, U.S., November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
People gather for a candlelight vigil for victims of the pickup truck attack at Foley Square in New York City, U.S., November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
A woman holds a sign during a vigil for victims of the pickup truck attack at Foley Square in New York City, U.S., November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
A woman holds a candle light during a vigil for victims of the pickup truck attack at Foley Square in New York City, U.S., November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
People gather for a candlelight vigil for victims of the pickup truck attack at Foley Square in New York City, U.S., November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
People gather in Foley Square during a vigil for the victims of the West Side Highway pickup attack, in Manhattan, New York, U.S. November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
A man holds a candle in Foley Square during a vigil for the victims of the West Side Highway pickup attack, in Manhattan, New York, U.S. November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
A makeshift memorial for victims of Tuesday's attack is seen outside a police barricade on the bike path next to West Street, a day after a man driving a rented pickup truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists on a bike path alongside the Hudson River in New York City, in New York, U.S. November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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The 26.2 mile marathon kicks off on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. in Staten Island and goes through each of the five boroughs.

Earlier Wednesday, de Blasio told MSNBC that despite the increased security measures, he was hoping to send “a message to the whole world that we're not going to change who we are.”

“The marathon is a huge endeavor, very well organized. All of our uniformed services know how to handle it,” he said.

“NYPD will be out in even greater force,” he added. “You'll see a lot of visible presence, a lot of officers with long guns. You'll see some things; other things you won't see that are protecting us. But we're confident it will go off as planned and it will be safe.” 

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