Police promised heightened security. More than a thousand uniformed and undercover officers as well as bomb-sniffing dogs were to mix with the crowd along a course winding through 29 neighborhoods. Officers inside a command post monitored pictures from helicopters and the city’s 22,000 cameras, the most extensive surveillance system in the nation.
The Department of Homeland Security designated the marathon a “level two” event, a notch below massive gatherings such as the Super Bowl. That meant more federal agents with high-tech monitoring equipment.
Runners could use only clear plastic bags issued by organizers to store their belongings near the finish line. They had to pick up their own packets, with race bibs and tracking devices, rather than friends or family.
“I thought everything went really, really smooth,” Pinkowski said. “I think the key to that was the messaging to our participants, to our volunteers. We asked our participants to get there a little bit earlier.”
Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa won the men’s wheelchair division race in 1:30:37. Tatyana McFadden of Champaign, Ill., won the women’s division in a course record 1:42:35.
McFadden, who also won the Boston and London marathons this year, will attempt a Grand Slam in wheelchair racing at the New York City Marathon next month.
Kimetto and Mutai started to surge ahead around the 19th mile, only to have fellow Kenyans Sammy Kitwara and Micah Kogo stay with them. Those two faded after the group passed through Chinatown.
The gap between Kimetto and Mutai started to widen after Mutai missed his bottle at a water station around the 24-mile mark, although Mutai said that was a not an issue. Kimetto wasn’t aware it happened.
Either way, he took control over the last few miles. The world record of 2:03:23 was in sight, set by Wilson Kipsang of Kenya in Berlin two weeks ago. But Kimetto had to settle for the course mark.
Jeptoo had an easier finish. Last year, she traded leads with Atsede Baysa of Ethiopia down the stretch and lost a step. Six months later, Jeptoo won her second Boston Marathon, a victory overshadowed by tragedy.
This time, she had a big smile and waved to the crowd on her way to the finish.
“In 2006, I won in Boston and after that, I (did not) do well,” Jeptoo said. “Last year and this year, I’m really doing well. When I ran Boston again, I saw my dream is coming. This is my happiness.”