Marine Corps Marathon 2013: Over 30,000 participate
ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) - More than 30,000 runners took to the streets of D.C. and Arlington Sunday for the 38th annual Marine Corps Marathon.
The race got underway just before 8 a.m.
Girma Bedada, 33, of Columbia, Ga., finished first with a time of 2:21:32.
Only six months after the Boston Marathon bombings, this year's Marine Corps Marathon features extra security measures.
Since 9/11, the race has always had a high security presence. This year, there will be checkpoints at the start and finish, along with random bag checks and screenings throughout the day.
And like the NFL, runners will use clear plastic bags to check in their belongings.
"I've done several races and I've seen security beefed up; with the dogs and patrols for the race, that's lessened my anxiety," says Leigh Reed.
And the race goes on.
"We're a resilient country, so we'll just keep going," says runner Matt Downey.
A number of roads in Arlington and Washington closed at about 4 a.m. Sunday to make way for the race. Most roads are expected to reopen by 1:30 p.m., while others will remain closed through the late afternoon. Those roads affected include:Marshall Drive from North Meade Street to Route 110 North Meade Street from Marshall Drive to Lynn Street Route 110 from I-66 to U.S. Highway 1/Jefferson Davis Highway Wilson Boulevard from North Nash Street to Route 110 Lynn Street from North Meade Street to Lee Highway Fort Myer Drive from North Meade Street to Lee Highway North Moore Street from Wilson Boulevard to Lee Highway 19th Street North from Lynn Street to North Nash Street Route 110 ramp from Washington Boulevard to Pentagon North parking Jefferson Drive SW from 3rd Street SW to 14th Street SW Madison Drive NW from 15th Street NW to 3rd Street NW Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW (northbound) to Beach Drive Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW (southbound) from Shoreham Drive NW Shoreham Drive NW (southbound) From Calvert Street to Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW Beach Drive NW from Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW to Calvert Street Lee Highway (eastbound) from Lynn Street to North Kirkwood Street Spout Run Parkway from Lee Highway to George Washington Memorial Parkway George Washington Memorial Parkway from Spout Run to Arlington Memorial Circle Drive Francis Scott Key Bridge (all lanes) 14th Street SW from Jefferson Drive to northbound I-395 HOV lanes 7th Street from Madison to Jefferson Drive I-395 HOV lanes from 14th Street SW to HOV ramp at South Eads Street South Eads Street from South Rotary Road to Army Navy Drive Army Navy Drive from South Fern to 12th Street South M Street NW from Canal Road NW to Wisconsin Avenue NW Wisconsin Avenue from M Street NW to K Street NW K Street NW from Wisconsin Avenue NW to Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW 27th Street NW from K Street NW to I Street NW I Street NW from 27th Street NW to Virginia Ave NW Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW from K Street NW to Independence Avenue Lincoln Circle from 23rd Street NW to 23rd Street SW Ohio Drive SW at West Potomac Park from Independence Avenue SW around East Potomac Park to Maine Avenue SW 15th Street South from Crystal Drive to Eads Street 12th Street from Army Navy Drive to Crystal Drive Crystal Drive from 12th Street to 23rd Street 23rd Street from Crystal Drive to North Clark Street South Clark Street from 23rd Street to 12th Street South Fern Street from Army Navy Drive to South Rotary Road South Rotary Road from South Fern Street to Columbia Pike Columbia Pike from South Rotary Road to Washington Blvd. on ramp Washington Blvd. from Columbia Pike to Route 110 off ramp Maine Avenue SW from East Basin Drive to Independence Avenue SW East Basin Drive from Maine Avenue to Ohio Drive Independence Avenue SW from Maine Avenue SW to Ohio Drive SW 15th Street NW/SW from Constitution Avenue NW to Maine Ave. SW 3rd Street; Pennsylvania Avenue to Maryland Avenue SW Pennsylvania Avenue NW from 3rd Street NW to E. Capitol Circle 1st Street; Pennsylvania NW to Maryland Avenue SW Pennsylvania Avenue NW from 3rd Street NW to East Capitol Circle 1st Street; Pennsylvania NW to Maryland Avenue SW Maryland Avenue SW from South Capitol Circle to 3rd Street