Over 45,000 runners participate in NYC marathon

Over 45,000 runners participate in NYC marathon

Posted: Updated:

Welcome to the New York City Marathon, the world’s largest marathon. More than 45,000 runners journeyed 26.2 miles, making their way through the five boroughs until they reached the finish line in Central Park.

This year's race had a bit of a different feel.

That’s because it’s been nearly seven months after the Boston Bombings.  Also, last year's race was canceled due to Superstorm Sandy.

Marathon organizers spent nearly a million dollars, double last year to make sure that this event was the safest yet.

The NYPD collected information on volunteers and vendors of the race. There were more barricades, bag screenings and bag sniffing dogs than ever before.

Runners were not allowed to carry bags this year, including camel backs, which have water.

Police also monitored the route in real time using city surveillance cameras.

They also placed 1400 private security camera's along the route that they could use if necessary.

Surveillance cameras proved pivotal in finding the perpetrators after the Boston Marathon Bombings.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said in addition to the cctv cameras and Lower Manhattan security initiative, they established mobile units and video collection teams.

“Hundreds of cameras, some of which are displayed on the screens here, can be monitored live by the NYPD's domain awareness system." Kelly said.

Organizers said this race was really about the triumph of the human spirit and resilience.

It’s especially true for New York City marathoner Dr. David King. He crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon last year and as soon as the bombs went off, he ran to the hospital and began operating on patients within minutes.

“I think all runners will have some worry in their mind.” King said. “But we shouldn't let that stop us for sure. Otherwise that's playing into the hands of exactly what the terrorists want. They want us to cower in fear."

This year, a yellow line was painted right next to the blue line that guided runners throughout the route in the last stretch towards the finish line, in remembrance and honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombings.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Baby found in teen's shopping bag called homicide

    Baby found in teen's shopping bag called homicide

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 8:47 PM EDT2014-04-17 00:47:23 GMT
    The New York City medical examiner has ruled that the death of a baby found in a teenager's shopping bag was a homicide.
    The New York City medical examiner has ruled that the death of a baby found in a teenager's shopping bag was a homicide.
  • Chelsea Clinton: I might run for office

    Chelsea Clinton: I might run for office

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 8:36 PM EDT2014-04-17 00:36:50 GMT
    Chelsea Clinton says she might run for office someday - if she becomes dissatisfied with the job her elected representatives are doing.
    Chelsea Clinton says she might run for office someday - if she becomes dissatisfied with the job her elected representatives are doing.
  • NJ mom charged with trying to kill her 3 teens

    NJ mom charged with trying to kill her 3 children

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 8:25 PM EDT2014-04-17 00:25:35 GMT
    A southern New Jersey woman is in custody on charges she tried to kill her three children by driving her car into the Delaware River.
    A southern New Jersey woman is in custody on charges she tried to kill her three children by driving her car into the Delaware River.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices