With a bigger emphasis on security measures in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings earlier this year, the 36th annual Chicago Marathon was run successfully today and even saw a new course record set by one winner.
The Chicago Marathon is the first major U.S. race since two bombs went off at the finish line in Boston back in April and saw heightened security measures and police presence as a result. Police officers, including members of the Department of Homeland Security's force, inspected bags and were present on each of the race's 29 street corners. Spectators were also more restricted this year, as new rules dictated that viewers were no longer allowed to cross the race route or help runners cross the finish line.
To honor the victims of the Boston bombings and their families, event organizers held a 30-second moment of silence before the race began.
Multiple runners who raced in Boston were present in Chicago today, including Lee Ann Yanni, who was about 15 feet from the first blast and suffered a serious leg injury. Just six months later, after several surgeries and a long rehab process, Yanni ran the the race as planned to honor her father who died of cancer last year. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Yanni had set a goal to finish in 5.5-six hours, and it appears she met that goal on Sunday. Unofficial race results indicate that her estimated time was right in the middle of that half hour window, finishing in five hours and 45 minutes.
Kenyan Rita Jeptoo, who won the women's race in Boston, took top honors in Chicago with a 02:19:57 time. Jeptoo's compatriot Dennis Kimetto won the men's division in record-setting fashion with a time of 02:03:45. That mark surpassed Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede's time from last year's race by nearly a minute to set a new course record.