New York City Marathon returns
Updated: Monday, November 4 2013, 08:33 AM EST
NEW YORK (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The New York City Marathon returned after a one-year absence with big crowds, heightened security and a familiar champion.
Last year's race was canceled after Superstorm Sandy ripped apart the region.
Security presence was high in light of the Boston Marathon bombings. Bomb-sniffing dogs roamed the course and barricades limited access points to Central Park.
But that didn't damper the mood as many felt the race's return was symbolic of the city and its people.
"It shows the spirit of the marathon. I mean, it's incredible what people can overcome," said one participant.
The winner of the race, Kenyan runner Geoffery Mutai - who set a record course last time - successfully defended his title, finishing at 2 hours, 8 minutes and 24 seconds.