It seemed running had lost its innocence yesterday with the 2013 New York City Marathon taking place amid tight security following the outrages earlier this year at Boston and the cancellation of the 2012 NYC Marathon because of Hurricane Sandy.
A record 50,740 started the run through the five boroughs and Geoffrey Mutai, battling windy conditions, repeated his success of 2011 to win in 2:8:24. Mutai (pictured) was more than three minutes outside his own course record set two years ago but a comfortable 52 seconds ahead of Ethiopia's Tsegaye Kebede.
Kebede, the winner in London in April, had the consolation of a $500,000 bonus for the World Marathon Majors title. Priscah Jeptoo winner of the women's race picked up a similar prize; her successes at New York and London enough to edge namesake Rita Jeptoo, who had finished first at both Boston and Chicago.
Priscah Jeptoo came from behind yesterday - she was 3 and a half minutes off the leader, Bronx resident Buzunesh Deba, at half-way. However a strong showing in the later stages meant that Jeptoo caught the Ethiopian at 24 miles and finished in 2:25:07, 48 seconds ahead of her rival.
Fans again packed the 26.2-mile course, but tight security measures including restricted access at key vantage points, machine guns in view and bomb-sniffing dogs meant that the atmosphere was tense at times. However, New York Road Runners chief executive and marathon race director Mary Wittenberg said there were: "Zero incidents and zero threats."
A host of US celebrities took part in the marathon with former model Christy Turlington finishing on 4:35:32 and ex-Baywatch star Pamela Anderson on 5:41:03.