Boston Strong: City Set For First Marathon Since Bombing
One of the competitors Samson Kipchirchir, a native Kenyan, talked to Hemmer on what it meant to him and many others to compete this year. Watch the interview, here.
American runner Meb Keflezighi won the Boston Marathon men’s race. He's the first American to win the marathon since 1983. Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo successfully defended her women’s title. More details, here
Two brothers who each lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombing shared their amazing stories, looking back at the scene of terror that unfolded and their inspiring recoveries. Watch the profile, here.
Dr. Natalie Savas, a pediatrician, was one of the first doctors to help victims after the bombs went off. Savas was nearing the finish line when the she heard explosions, cutting through an alley to get to the finish line as fast as she could. She sat down with Bill Hemmer to reflect on the events of that tragic day. Watch the interview, here.
Bill Hemmer reported live from Boston Common at the top of America's Newsroom this morning, along with Fox News correspondent Molly Line, who brought us inside one of the command centers.
Watch the full report above.
On Fox and Friends this morning, Anna reported live from Boylston Street on the security measures in place one year since two bombs went off near the finish line, killing three people.
Over one million people are expected to congregate on the marathon route, with new security checkpoints and restrictions being put into place.
Watch her report below, including an interview with the owner of a sporting goods store whose business became a makeshift triage during the bombing.
Here's more from FoxNews.com:
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Sunday that Boston may be the safest place in America Monday as the city holds its annual marathon for the first time since two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injured 264.
"There'll be considerably more police presence," Patrick said on CBS' "Face the Nation". "But we also don't want to have it, you know, kind of a race through a militarized zone. So it's about striking a balance, and I think we have struck that balance."
Approximately 36,000 runners have registered for the 118th running of the race, the oldest annual marathon in the world. That's approximately 9,000 more than last year's field, with many many of them coming to show support for the event and the city that was shocked by the attack on its signature sporting event. Race organizers expanded the field to make room for approximately 5,000 runners who were on the course when the explosions shook Boylston Street in the heart of Boston's Back Bay on the afternoon of last April 15.
More than 3,500 police officers - double the usual number - will be out along the 26.2-mile course, including undercover officers with special training. At least 100 strategically positioned video cameras will monitor the crowds.
Spectators are asked to carry their belongings in clear plastic bags instead of backpacks, while spectators who do bring backpacks will be subject to a search. Security will be especially tight close to the finish line, with more than 50 observation points set up near the finish line to monitor the crowd.
The expanded security effort required state and local officials to move their regular "tabletop exercise" to study the course and plan for possible emergencies from from the state's emergency bunker in Framingham to the a convention center in the city. The crowd grew from what usually is about 100 to more than 450, according to Boston Athletic Association executive director Tom Grilk, who is in charge of organizing the race.
"Whether you have a small group or a big group, the spirit is the same," he said this month in an interview at the athletic association's office, about two blocks from the finish line. "And that is: How do we get our event done well?"
Patrick said there have been no specific threats against the race, which is held on Patriots' Day, a state holiday in Massachusetts and Maine that commemorates the Revolutionary War battles of Lexington and Concord. In addition to the marathon, the day also features the Boston Red Sox hosting the only scheduled morning Major League Baseball game.
"We're not taking that as a sign to sort of stand down," he said. "We're very prepared, and we're assuring people as much as we can that it'll be a fun day and a safe one."
The race will begin in the suburb of Hopkinton, with eight divisions of runners being released from the starting line between 8:50 a.m. and 11:25 a.m. local time.
Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Kenya's Rita Jeptoo, who crossed the finish line on Boylston Street about three hours before the explosions, will return to defend their championships. Desisa returned to Boston last fall to donate his first-place medal to the city as a gesture of support.
Jeptoo, who also won the race in 2006, said she is hoping for a third victory — and one she can enjoy.
"It was very difficult to be happy. People were injured and children died," she said of last year's marathon. "If I'm going to win again, I hope I can be happier and to show people, like I was supposed to last year."