May 9, 2013 | 588 views
Thousands run in L.I. Marathon
No security issues during race, said county officials
More than 8,000 runners participated in this year’s Long Island Marathon, which winded through central and northern Nassau County streets, before concluding in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.
About 25,000 spectators cheered on the runners throughout the route, according to county officials.
Derek Rammelkamp, 23, of Centereach, was the first to cross the finish line of the 26.2-mile marathon, completing the race in 2 hours, 32 minutes. Kelly Gillen, 30, from New York City, was tops among the women, clocking in at 3:03.
In the 13.1-mile half marathon, Christopher Mills, 23, of Falls Church, V.A., finished first overall at 1:07. And Jodie Robertson, 28, at 1:17, was the fastest female.
Following the events during the Boston Marathon on April 15, extra security measures were put in place by the Nassau County Police Department, including an increased police presence, bomb-sniffing dogs and a restriction on large bags.
According to county officials, there were no security issues during any point of the weekend. “The Long Island Marathon was a success and I thank the men and women of the Nassau County Police Department, the Office of Emergency Management, Volunteer Fire Service and EMS, Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Public Works, Department of Health and the countless volunteers for their efforts keeping our runners and spectators safe,” said County Executive Ed Mangano is a written statement.
But with Boston still on their minds, many runners donned clothing that showed their support for the city, including bibs that read, “I Run For Boston.”