Over 45,000 runners participate in NYC marathon

Over 45,000 runners participate in NYC marathon

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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.

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