Chicago Marathon runners hit the streets
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CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Marathon kicked off featuring runners from more than 120 countries and all 50 states.
Chicago Police stepped up security for the Sunday morning event in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Most runners and spectators said the weather was at the forefront of their minds. Temperatures were in the mid 40s at the 7:30 a.m. race start.
Before the race, organizers held 30-second moment of silence for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and their families.
The hottest race day was in 2007 when the temperature reached 89 degrees. The coldest was in 1988 when it was a chilly 21 degrees.
This year's marathon was expected to draw 45,000 runners and more than a million spectators. It goes through 29 of the city's neighborhoods.
A look back at the 2013 Chicago Marathon, as seen from a variety of neighborhoods in the city. (Chuck Berman & Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune)
A man with muscular dystrophy was the last runner to cross the finish line of the Chicago Marathon, nearly 17 hours after he started the race. Maickel Melamed made it across the finish line of the 26.2-mile race at 1:30 a.m. Monday. (Oct. 14)
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