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Marine Corps Marathon 2013: Over 30,000 participate

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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.

Photo: The Associated Press
Girma Bedada, 33, of Columbia, Ga., finished first with a time of 2:21:32. Photo: The Associated Press

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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
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