Thousands of runners hit the streets and millions lined the route amidst tight security for the 2013 Chicago Marathon on October 13, 2013 ( Photo courtesy of WLS)
CHICAGO -- Chicago Marathon winner Dennis Kimetto, of Kenya, crossed the finish line in just 2 hours, 3 minutes, 45 seconds. The first woman to cross was Rita Jeptoo, also from Kenya, who finished at 2:19:15.
Kimmeto's time set a new Chicago Marathon record, easily beating the time of 2:04:38 set by Ethiopia's Tsegaye Kebede in 2012. Kimmeto crossed the finish line alone with both arms raised.
Kimmeto and Jeptoo led thousands of runners through the city's streets during the 2013 Chicago Marathon. The race started at Grant Park at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, and wound through many city streets, going as far north as Addison Street, south as 35th Street and west as Damen Avenue before finding the finish line back near the start. It goes through 29 of the city's neighborhoods.
With temperatures in the mid-40s, runners say it's a great day for a race. The hottest race day was in 2007 when the temperature reached 89 degrees. The coldest was in 1988 when it was a chilly 21 degrees.
This year's marathon is expected to draw 45,000 runners and more than a million spectators. Find the results here.
The Chicago Marathon is the first major marathon to be held since the Boston Marathon, where two bombs went off. While security is tight, organizers say nothing should detract from the runners' experience.
"It's a little bit intimidating, because there are police officers everywhere. But I feel really safe to run my best marathon, because I know Chicago police are looking out for us," Kimmie McIlvaine said.
"Everywhere you look, there's about 20 officers at the corner. There's about 14 helicopters in the air," Amie Byrne said.
"I've been to a lot of concerts, and I've ran a lot of half marathons. There's always security, but it's never been this intense," Jessica Vitale said.
Runners were allowed entry through four security check points off of Michigan Avenue, and then made their way to designated corrals. All belongings had to be carried in clear, plastic bags.
"I've never run in Chicago before, but I've done a few others, and this is definitely a lot longer queues to get in. The whole set up is pretty cool. The town looks, like, really ready for it. But this is obviously a little bit annoying," Mathew Turk, runner, said.
"They're actually checking your number, to make sure you have a number. And they're checking your bags to make sure everything's fine with your bags and everything. So I feel a lot more secure this year," Don Braaten said.
However, spectators are finding more street closures and fewer places to watch the race. Early Sunday morning, police moved spectators out of a popular cheering spot at Columbus and Randolph. Also, spectators are not allowed to cross the route at any point, and unlike the past, when police have looked the other way, no one is allowed to help a marathoner finish the run in the last mile or two.
Before the race, organizers held 30-second moment of silence for the victims of the bombings and their families.