More than 50,000 runners hit the pavement on Sunday for the 43rd annual ING New York City Marathon.
After Superstorm Sandy, thousands of New Yorkers demanded Mayor Bloomberg cancel the iconic event last year, disappointing runners who had traveled here from all over the world to participate. But this year, with no storm in the way, people showed up in droves to prove that New Yorkers can’t be held down.
Security was amped way up to compensate for the recent Boston Marathon bombings. About 1,500 surveillance cameras were scattered throughout the 26.2-mile route, as well as 47 bomb-sniffing dogs and scuba divers protecting the bridges.
But the race went off without a hitch as runners trekked across all five boroughs including Queens via Long Island City, where residents lined the streets to hand out cups of water, pieces of candy and well deserved high-fives to the participating runners.