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NYC Marathon returns
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                        NEW YORK  — Geoffrey Mutai sees the scorching fast times put up by his training partners and figures he should be able to match them.
    They're doing the same workouts, so he's confident he can put up the same results. When Dennis Kimetto broke the course record at last month's Chicago Marathon, Mutai said, "I was feeling it was me."
    Mutai already owns the course record at the New York City Marathon, where he will defend his title Sunday. His goal is to go even faster.
    The Kenyan won in New York two years ago in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 6 seconds. That was the last time the NYC Marathon was held, and much has changed since that day Mutai describes as "perfect."
    The 2012 race was called off because of the destruction of Superstorm Sandy, but not before the week's events enraged many residents and runners. City and marathon officials initially vowed that the race would go on, and many New Yorkers recoiled at the idea of possibly diverting resources after a natural disaster. The decision to cancel didn't come until a day-and-a-half before the scheduled start time, and by then, many out-of-town entrants had already made their long trips to the city after hearing the earlier assurances.
    Then in April, at another major marathon in the Northeast, the scene of cheering fans packed along the race course lost its innocence. Two bombs exploded near the finish line in Boston, killing three people and injuring more than 260.
    The increased security Sunday will be most evident near the finish line in Central Park. There will be barricades around the park limiting entry points, bag checks, bomb-sniffing dogs.
    More than 47,000 runners are expected at the start of the 43rd running of the NYC Marathon, taking on the 26.2 miles through the five boroughs. A handful will be competing for the $100,000 prize for the men's and women's champions.