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NYC Marathon Returns After Super-Storm Sandy Last Year

(CNN) -- The New York City marathon is back, last year's race was canceled after Super-storm Sandy ripped apart the region.
(CNN) -- The New York City marathon is back, last year's race was canceled after Super-storm Sandy ripped apart the region.

Now with its return comes revamped security in the wake of the Boston marathon bombings.

Thousands of runners from around the world competed in the New York City marathon Sunday.

Hours of training and dedication meet the city's streets for the 26.2 mile race across five boroughs.

Cheering crowds lined the sidewalks encouraging many of the runners.
A stark contrast to last year where it was a much a different scene.

Superstorm sandy devastated much of the New York City area and forced the marathon to be canceled.

Runner Karina Christiansen says the comeback is symbolic of the city and its people.

“It shows the spirit of the marathon. I mean, it's incredible what people can overcome.”

This marathon also marks the largest such race since the deadly bombings at the Boston marathon.

One runner who survived the attack will have Boston on his mind as he competes.

“I am here in NY today to run the NY Marathon to honor the victims, the survivors.”

New York City police also have Boston on their minds and security was especially tight.

“It's definitely a lot more secure then last year at the Expo. But I think its been a perfect amount and everyone feels safe and is happy.”

At least 1,500 surveillance cameras kept a close watch on much of the route.

Runners were even screened before taking their starting positions,
But even with all the security it didn't interfere with what mattered most to many, finishing.

Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya took first in the women's division in a time of two hours, twenty-five minutes, and seven seconds.

On the men's side, Geoffrey Mutai also from Kenya won with a time of two hours, eight minutes, and twenty-four seconds each will receive one-hundred thousand dollars in prize money.

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