Shocking News: A Kenyan Wins the New York City Marathon

New York City Marathon Winners

Scratch that. TWO Kenyans won the New York City marathon on Sunday.

Geoffrey Mutai, 32, held on to his New York City Marathon title as he crossed the Central Park finish line at 2 hours, 8 minutes, and 24 seconds, beating out nearly 50,000 others runners/slow-pokes. Fellow Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo, 29, came from behind to win the women’s race, finishing at 2 hours, 25 minutes, and 7 seconds.

But the real winner was security! Security was “everywhere” in the 26.2-mile, five-borough race, which meant no shooters hiding in the grassing knoll, no marathon bombers lurking in the crowd, and no Hurricane Sandy in sight.

Forty-seven bomb-sniffing dogs were on patrol, 1,500 surveillance cameras were focused on the route, and scuba divers were in position in case something happened to the bridges. But that still wasn’t enough: helicopters hovered overhead, barricades limited access to the Central Park finish line, metal detector wands were used to check people at the Staten Island starting-line site, and runners were asked to carry their gear in clear plastic bags. So… marathons have become airport security?

Some runners and spectators were creeped out by the site of armed guards with machine guns watching them run and cheer, while others weren’t bothered and felt more secure with the heightened security presence.

“To see a huge gun on the boat next to us, that wasn’t expected. It was kind of drastic, but, unfortunately, it’s just what has to be done after people destroy an event for other people,” one runner said.

Worst Parade“It wasn’t a bother at all. But that’s only because I’m from Israel,” another participant added.

And one spectator just thought is was the worst parade ever.

Via: The New York Times

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