NEW YORK (AP) — A record 50,740 people started the New York City Marathon on Sunday — including the millionth in the 33-year history of the marathon — despite tighter security after the deadly Boston Marathon bombing in April.
The heavily international race also had a national television audience, a year after the marathon was canceled because of Superstorm Sandy.
Charles Breslin lost his home in the storm. He was volunteering at the marathon and welcomed the race's return.
"You have to get back to normalcy," he said.
Security was tightest at the start and near the finish line, where garbage trucks blocked entry to Central Park and everyone had to walk through numerous check points to watch the end of the 26.2-mile race.
"It's a lot different than the past ones," said Alem Kahsay, who has worked the finish line for the past 13 years and competed in five NYC marathons. "There are checkpoints everywhere near the finish. I've been working since 4:30 this morning, and they had them then, too."
Mary Wittenberg, president of the New York Road Runners, which organizes the race, said there were no incidents or threats.
"It went really smooth," she said.
The race goes through all of the city's five boroughs, and Wittenberg said saw more fans in Brooklyn and Queens than ever before.
"How could you not want to come out and cheer," said Sarah Davidson, who was attending her 14th marathon. "After last year and Boston, we wanted to show we're stronger than anything. The extra security is just part of the world we live in today."
AP freelancer Michael Casey contributed to this report.
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