BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Thousands of runners took part in Boston Athletic Association’s Half Marathon Sunday, held at Franklin Park. Photos: Half Marathon WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports Thousands Run In BAA Half Marathon Eight thousand runners stepped off from White Stadium to run the 13.1 mile course along the Emerald Necklace. Extra police and K-9 units were on hand this year after the two bombings at the Boston Marathon in April. Nicole DiBasio of Milton says she was a bit concerned heading to the race. “Right when I came, I had that in the back of my mind,” she said. “I see police everywhere so I feel very safe.” Reigning Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia won the Boston Half on Sunday in a course record time of 1 hour, 34 seconds. Kim Smith of New Zealand easily defended her title in 1:09:14. She earned the $100,000 prize for the lowest combined time in the 5K, 10K and Half in the Boston Medley. Stephen Sambu of Kenya was third and also won $100,000 for the lowest time. The top five finishers in the men’s and women’s field beat the previous course record on a cool, sunny day. The race winds through Boston’s Emerald Park. MORE SPORTS FROM CBS BOSTON Butler: No Excuses, Just Need To Play BetterAaron Hernandez’s Family Sues NFL, Patriots Over ‘Severe Case’ Of CTERob Gronkowski Participates, Marcus Cannon Does Not At Patriots’ Thursday PracticeDolloff: Offensive Lines Have Stunk So Far, And The Texans Are The Worst (TM and © Copyright 2012 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.) Kim TunnicliffeFollow Follow Kim on Twitter Kim Tunnicliffe is an anchor and reporter for WBZ Newsradio 1030. She can frequently be heard on WBZ Newsradio nights between 7:00 PM and 11:00 PM and during “the WBZ Weekend News,” broadcast Saturdays and Sundays between 5:...More from Kim TunnicliffeComments Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google+ account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.