CHICAGO – The 40th annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon kicked off Sunday morning and Galen Rupp became the first American to win the marathon since 2002.
Galen Rupp crossed the finished line at 2 hours 9 minutes and 20 seconds. Kenyan Abel Kirui came in second, 28 seconds behind Rupp. Another Kenyan, Bernard Kipyego, was third.
The women’s race was won by Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba in 2 hours 18 minutes and 31 seconds.
Brigid Kosgei of Kenya came second and American Jordan Hasay was third. Hasay became the fastest American woman to run the marathon.
The last American to win the men’s race was Khalid Khannouchi in 2002.
Tatyana McFadden won the women’s wheelchair race and Marcel Hug won the men’s wheelchair race.
More than 40,000 runners, from all 50 states and 100 countries, trained to run the 26.2 miles.
Security concerns were high this year after a mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 59 dead and injured 527.
The wheelchair participants kicked off around 7:20 a.m. and the first wave of runners took off at 7:30 a.m.
The preparations have been months in the making, but the last few days, the pressure has really been on to make sure the marathon goes off without a hitch.
The race got extra attention, after it was revealed the shooter may have had his eye on this year’s Lollapolooza after it was discovered Stephen Paddock rented rooms overlooking the fest, at the Blackstone Hotel.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and city officials, worked to reassure everyone that Chicago police and federal officials have done their best to prevent an attack from an elevated level along the 26.2 mile race.
More than 1,000 additional officers were in place for the event and many will be working undercover. Police were also on foot, on bikes, and motorcycles.
There was also additional fencing, barricades including snow plows and garbage trucks, street closures, and security personnel.
The race ran through 29 different neighborhoods.
Law enforcement encouraged people, to say something if they see something.
More information about the marathon visit chicagomarathon.com.
Sunday is an inspirational day for the runners and those cheering them on.
All along the marathon route you'll see families and friends yelling support to those running.
The Vavra family showed up early to cheer on their daughter Kimberly Vavra running for her brother who recently passed away.
Mike Carlato and his kids got up early to cheer on his wife Susan who's been training for months.