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Over 40,000 run Chicago Marathon amid increased security

CHICAGO (AP) — Runners in Sunday's Chicago Marathon held a city nearly a thousand miles away close to their hearts and were determined to show that, six months after the Boston Marathon bombings, they could pound the streets together without fear.

Tightened security along the route changed the atmosphere perceptibly from past years, but the crisp, cool weather helped many set personal records in the first major marathon in the United States since the Boston bombings.

Runners from more than 120 countries and all 50 states observed a moment of silence for the victims and families before the race kicked off. Three people died and more than 260 were injured in the April 15 bombings.

Clara Santucci, who finished ninth Sunday and was tops among U.S. women, said the boost in security made getting to the starting line more difficult than for an any race she'd run before.

"I understand with this being the next major marathon after Boston (in the United States) the concern for security," Santucci said. "I just hope they figured it out so that spectators aren't kept from being able to see the most exciting parts of the race, like the finish and the start. That's what our sport's all about."

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