Skip to main content

New York City Marathon returns -- with revamped security

By Faith Karimi, CNN
updated 12:31 PM EST, Sun November 3, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Two Kenyans breeze across the finish line, taking firsts in the men's and women's divisions
  • At least 1,500 cameras were positioned along the marathon route in New York City
  • Bomb-sniffing dogs and scuba divers scanned bridges and shorelines
  • Last year's race was canceled because of damage from Superstorm Sandy

(CNN) -- After a one-year hiatus, the New York City Marathon returned Sunday with a different priority: security.

It went off without a hitch as 47,000 runners raced through five boroughs and passed cheering crowds. Last year's marathon was canceled because of damage from Superstorm Sandy.

Police were especially focused on security in part because of April's bombings at the Boston Marathon, which left three people dead and more than 260 injured.

At least 1,500 cameras were positioned along the route to help boost security, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

There were baggage screenings and surveillance helicopters. Runners were screened and inspected before taking their starting positions, according to police..

Asics CEO: Marathons unite communities
Boston bombing survivor: 'I'm thriving'

Bomb-sniffing dogs and scuba divers scanned bridges and shorelines. Counterterrorism officers escorted ferries carrying runners.

Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya won the marathon's women's division with an official time of 2:25:07. On the men's side, Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya won with an official time of 2:08:24.

Each will get $100,000 in prize money.

Opinion: How running can change the world

In New York, spectators watching from grandstands and family reunion areas were subject to baggage inspections and screenings as a precaution.

"The safety of runners and spectators has always been our highest priority," New York Road Runners, the organizers of the event, said in a statement.

Runners took it in stride.

Months after Boston bombings: Sense of winning for amputee

"It will obviously cause some problems for us, but that doesn't matter," said Runar Gundersen, who was to run his 35th New York Marathon this year. "Security must come first, so I gladly accept delays. ... I think most runners do."

Organizers said a lot of additional security measures will be taking place in the background.

"I know that it's impossible to protect 26.2 miles of road 100%," Gundersen said. "The feeling about that is much like it was in 2001 after 9/11."

Boston Red Sox parade reclaims marathon finish line

CNN's Allison Malloy and Susanna Capelouto contributed to this report

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
updated 11:50 AM EDT, Tue September 30, 2014
Experts believe that ISIS may be using a Spanish enclave to bring jihad to Europe.
updated 9:00 AM EDT, Tue September 30, 2014
With an efficient subway, inexpensive taxis and a good public bus system, Hong Kong is normally an easy city to navigate ...
updated 7:32 PM EDT, Sun September 28, 2014
CNN's Ivan Watson was in the middle of a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong when things got out of hand.
updated 4:12 PM EDT, Tue September 30, 2014
The world's animal population has halved in 40 years as humans put unsustainable demands on Earth, a new report warns.
updated 8:49 AM EDT, Tue September 30, 2014
Every day, refugees and migrants risk their lives as they seek a new life. Now, a new report puts a figure to the number of victims.
updated 10:42 AM EDT, Tue September 30, 2014
Mainstream commentators must promote positive role models to Muslims feeling victimized, writes Ghaffar Hussain.
updated 2:13 AM EDT, Mon September 29, 2014
Two men familiar with inside knowledge of ISIS speak with CNN's Arwa Damon.
Explore CNN's interactive that explains ISIS' roots, what it controls, and where its support comes from.
updated 4:10 PM EDT, Thu September 25, 2014
In his first-ever interview as the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani defended his country against allegations of funding terrorism.
updated 11:03 AM EDT, Sat September 27, 2014
The North Korean leader hasn't been seen for weeks, leading to speculation that he is in poor health.
updated 9:54 PM EDT, Tue September 23, 2014
Haider al-Abadi hopes airstrikes don't lead to "of another terrorist element" instead of ISIS.
updated 9:19 AM EDT, Thu September 25, 2014
The United States couldn't do it on its first try. Neither could the Soviets.
updated 11:29 AM EDT, Wed September 24, 2014
CNN's Nima Elbagir reflects on a harrowing trip to Liberia where she covered the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history.
updated 10:23 AM EDT, Fri September 26, 2014
Contrary to public opinion, rats can actually save lives -- Apopo's rats have actually saved thousands.
updated 8:55 AM EDT, Wed October 1, 2014
Each day, CNN brings you an image capturing a moment to remember, defining the present in our changing world.
Browse through images from CNN teams around the world that you don't always see on news reports.
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT