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November 22, 2015

Recap: The Philadelphia Marathon

Winners cross finish line; security heightened

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Philadelphia Marathon Female winner Philadelphia Marathon/Twitter

Gisela Olalde Granados, female winner of the Philadelphia Marathon's full marathon, crosses the finish line Sunday morning.

Thousands of runners made their way through the city during a cloudy and crisp Sunday morning for the Philadelphia Marathon, an event marked by heightened security.

Roads were closed and mass transit rerouted for the race, which started and ended on the Benjamin Franklin Parwkway as runners made their way down the Schuylkill River into Manayunk, into University City and around Old City. 

Runners were set to start at 7 a.m. However, 6ABC reported that the start was delayed as security was very tight. The race began around 7:15 a.m.

The news station reports a minor accident and lots of foot traffic at security checkpoints caused the delay. 

Mayor Michael Nutter said before the race that no credible threat had been made and no new measures would be taken.

However, he did say security would be stringent, noting that the deadly attacks in Paris earlier this month made him want to reassure the public they would be safe during the event. 

Around 8:30 a.m., the winners of the half marathon crossed the finish line. According to Philly.com, Eliud Ngetich of Florida was the male winner, finishing with an unnoficial time of 1:03:37.05.

Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton of New Mexico was the female winner, finishing with an unnoficial time of 1:09:47.10.

Shortly after 10 a.m. the female and male winners of the full marathon followed. Philly.com reports that Teklu Deneke of Arizona was the first male to finish with an unnoficial time of 2:17:44.00, while Gisela Olalde Granados was the female winner with an unnoficial time of 2:40:05.

One spectator's sign mocking injured Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford went viral, getting picked up by sports websites SB Nation and Bleacher Report

Many other runners and spectators posted their photos and videos of the race Sunday morning: