NYC Marathon takes place amid heightened security measures

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Increased security measures were rolled out for the New York City Marathon Sunday, following last week’s truck attack in Manhattan.

Officials held a press conference to announce that thousands of extra police officers were added to the streets to protect runners and supporters in the wake of Tuesday’s attack. As News 12 has reported, a truck barreled down a Manhattan bike path, killing eight people, and the driver has claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group.

Sunday’s extra security didn’t deter large crowds of marathon supporters, who helped cheer on the runners and gave them the extra energy they needed to keep going.

Participants started on Staten Island, crossing over the Verrazano Narrows Bridge into Brooklyn. Then they entered Long Island City and crossed the Queensboro Bridge into Manhattan.

After passing through Harlem, the course enters the Bronx before finishing at Central Park in Manhattan.

Comedian and actor Kevin Hart and former New York Giant Tiki Barber were among the participants.

Geoffrey Kamworor, of Kenya, won the marathon for the men's division and Shalane Flanagan dethroned last year's winner Mary Keitany of Kenya to become the first American to win the women’s race since 1977.

The New York City Marathon began in 1970 with only 55 finishers. Last year, it had a record-setting 51,394 finishers.

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