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After a year off due to Superstorm Sandy, NYC Marathon returns

NEW YORK (AP) -- More than 47,000 runners are expected to take the starting line today for the 43rd running of the New York City Marathon, a year after the last-minute cancellation of the contest due to Superstorm Sandy.

The April Boston Marathon bombing has resulted in increased security, which will be most evident near the finish line in Central Park. There will be barricades around the park to limit entry points, bag checks and bomb-sniffing dogs.

A handful of runners will be competing for the $100,000 prize for the men's and women's champions. Geoffrey Mutai owns the course record and will defend his title with the goal of going even faster.

The Kenyan won two years ago in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 6 seconds.
   AP-WF-11-03-13 0920GMT