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NY Marathon Returns With Big Crowds, Heightened Security And A Familiar Champion After Superstorm Sandy

10:12 PM, Nov 3, 2013   |    comments
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NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The New York City Marathon is back.

The race returned Sunday with big crowds and heightened security after a one-year absence due to Superstorm Sandy.

A record 50,740 runners started Sunday's race, as bomb-sniffing dogs roamed the course and barricades limited access points to Central Park.

The Kenyan runner who set a course record last time, Geoffrey Mutai, successfully defended his title, while another Kenyan, Priscah Jeptoo, came from behind to win the women's race.

On a windy morning, Mutai's time of 2 hours, 8 minutes, 24 seconds was well off his course record of 2:05:06 set in nearly perfect conditions two years ago. He's the first man to repeat in New York since Kenya's John Kagwe in 1997-98.

The 2012 Olympic silver medalist and 2013 London Marathon champ, Jeptoo won in 2:25:07 to clinch the $500,000 World Marathon Majors bonus.

American Tatyana McFadden has completed an unprecedented marathon "Grand Slam." The 24-year-old Maryland resident won the New York City Marathon women's wheelchair race Sunday after taking the titles in Boston, London and Chicago earlier this year.

AP

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