Chicago marathon - First major US marathon since Boston bombing

Associated Press
A Chicago Police officer looks around before start the Chicago Marathon in Chicago, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. The marathon is the first World Marathon Major in the United States since the Boston Marathon bombings last April and will be the most closely watched. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Cheering and even leaping into the crisp Chicago air as they crossed the start line Sunday, tens of thousands of runners showed no fear in the first major US marathon since the Boston bombing.

Security was certainly tight and a massive police presence reassured fans and family members that everything that could be had been done to protect the 26.2 mile course.

But the new restrictions and massive show of force -- including federal marshals carrying machine guns among the crowd -- did little to take away from the jubilance of watching 45,000 people push themselves to the limit.

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