Thousands turn out for the 2013 Chicago Marathon

The cleanup is underway in Grant Park.

Several Security changes were in place for this year’s marathon and race officials say things went well.

More than 40,000 runners  hit the streets running through several of Chicago’s neighborhoods.

Pete Hanson of Seattle said “It was absolutely gorgeous, perfect course, perfect weather. Can’t ask for anything more than that.”

And huge crowds of spectators lined the route cheering the runners on.

Following the Boston Marathon bombing, security was increased for this year’s Chicago marathon.

Runners had to pick up their own race packets and put their belongings in clear plastic bags.  No backpacks were allowed.

And the finish line was not open to general spectators,  you had to have a wrist band.  Race officials say the changes were effective and things went well.

2013 chicago marathon

Carey Pinkowski, Executive Director of the Chicago Marathon said “It’s a testimony to what a marathon is about and the people. They’re dedicated, focused, and committed. Marathon is a celebration of humanity and this is an example of that.”

Daniel Schlich also ran this year’s Boston Marathon which prompted major changes for the Chicago race carried out under the watchful eyes of uniformed and undercover police.

Schlich, who is from Ohio, said “With all the extra safety precautions I felt pretty safe with it.”

The medical director for the race says 750 people required medical care, 26 were transported to hospitals, and none of them had critical injuries.

And for those who crossed the finish line, many limped on out of there, to get some beer, food, and well deserved rest!

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