Some 10,000 runners pounded the pavement Sunday in the Lincoln Marathon. About 8,300 half-marathoners and 1,700 full-marathoners took part in the race.
Organizers increased security in response to the Boston Marathon bombings. Many said they were thinking of their fellow runners and keeping the Boston victims in mind.
Organizers plan to widen a trail on the race's route so they can increase the number of participants to 12,000 runners next year. The Helen Boosalis Trail, which spans from miles 6 to 8, has become incredibly crowded since organizers began gradually increasing the number of participants. The race had just over 4,000 participants in 2006.
Marathon co-director Nancy Sutton-Moss says the 8-foot trail will need to be widened before the race can have more participants. Funds have been raised to widen the trail to 10 feet at certain places.