Patchogue - (WALK) After skipping one year, Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai ran to a second men's title at the New York City Marathon Sunday. Priscah Jeptoo, also of Kenya won the woman's competition.
The theme of this year's New York City Marathon was, "The Triumph of The Spirit." The 2012 marathon was cancelled because of superstorm Sandy.
Mutai, 32, completed the 26.2 mile course in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 24 seconds. Jeptoo, 29 (photo), covered the course in 2 hours, 25 minutes, 7 seconds.
Mutai won the NYC Marathon in 2011 and is the first man to win consecutively since John Kagwe, also of Kenya, in 1997 and 1998. Jeptoo is the 2012 Olympic silver medalist.
Many Long Islanders were among the estimated 45,000 people who participated in the event. Authorities described security measures as "elevated to a whole new level," after the fatal bombings at the Boston Marathon, where three people were killed in April.
City officials reportedly deploy divers, explosives-detection devices, plainclothes officers, K-9 teams, helicopter crews, surveillance cameras, and approximately 1,000 private security personnel.
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