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NYC Marathon is back with increased security

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Geoffrey Mutai sees the scorching fast times put up by his training partners and figures he should be able to match them.

They're doing the same workouts, so he's confident he can put up the same results. When Dennis Kimetto broke the course record at last month's Chicago Marathon, Mutai said, "I was feeling it was me."

Mutai already owns the course record at the New York City Marathon, where he will defend his title Sunday. His goal is to go even faster.

The Kenyan won in New York two years ago in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 6 seconds. That was the last time the NYC Marathon was held, and much has changed since that day Mutai describes as "perfect.:

Meanwhile security has been beefed up around the site of the NYC marathon amid concerns that another terrorist attack, similar to what happened in Boston, can happen here.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly gave a marathon security briefing Friday morning in the Joint Operations Center at police headquarters.

Flanked by New York Road Runners president Mary Wittenberg, Chief of Department Philip Banks, and Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism, Richard Daddario, with rows of computers in front of them and panels of television screens overhead displaying various bridges, streets and sections of Central Park, Kelly outlined the measures the police department is taking to keep the city safe after this year’s horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon.

“I think we can do it very well,” Kelly said.

He said he had been briefed by Boston police officials on lessons they learned, but declined to elaborate.

“I’d rather keep them to myself for now,” he said.

Kelly touted the importance of surveillance cameras in their deterrent efforts, noting that while the Boston Police Department were able to use surveillance footage to identify the attackers, they relied largely if not entirely on private sector cameras.

The NYPD, on the other hand, has a vast network of surveillance cameras of their own.

Close to all 26 miles of the New York City marathon course is under camera surveillance, between NYPD cameras and private sector cameras that the NYPD has gone around and accounted for.

The NYPD will be employing radiation detectors, helicopters, boats, and a “large uniformed presence,” Kelly said.


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