NYC Marathon to be run under massive security measures

November 2, 2013 03:17

NEW YORK - The New York City Marathon returns to the streets of the Big Apple on Sunday after a two-year absence, with massive security measures in place after the tragic April bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Last year's 26.2-mile (42 km) run through the city's five boroughs was cancelled in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, which devastated areas of New York about a week before the race.

Some 48,000 runners are expected for the renewal of the marathon, which draws hundreds of thousands of people along the race course in a city-wide celebration.

Off the course, scuba divers will check for explosives under city bridges and helicopters will provide overhead surveillance following the tragedy in Boston, where three people were killed and hundreds injured by bombs set off near the finish line.

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