Reporting Kim Tunnicliffe
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
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.