TODAY | April 21, 2014
>> to get right to our top story. it's an emotional day in boston for this morning's running of the boston marathon . it's the second largest field in the race's 118-year history, and as we said, natalie is taking part. she's in hopkinton this morning near the starting line. good morning.
>> good morning to you, matt. a lot of excitement, a lot of energy. emotions and security at all-time highs here. but meanwhile, as you can imagine, people just gearing up, getting ready for the race of a lifetime. many saying this is the time to take the marathon back and to prove to the world what it means to be boston strong. by the numbers, this will be the largest and most advanced security presence in boston marathon history. 3,500 law enforcement officers , twice as many as last year. 40 check points in boston alone, as well as over 100 security cameras feeding back to the mobile command center for the massachusetts state police .
>> the technology is newer in here. the tapability is obviously better. the communications are seamless.
>> a massive, highly coordinated effort so that the focus of the day returns to the marathon itself and those competing in it. i'm here at the boston marathon expo, where i just got my official entry, and for many of the runners here, emotions and spirits are high. many saying they're looking forward to creating new memories and putting the tragic events of last year behind them.
>> i'm really excited to be here. and this is a great city and a great race.
>> after the tragedy last year, i just felt like it just wasn't complete, so i wanted to come back and try it again.
>> there's so much emotion out there. the right reasons to really celebrate the sport, celebrate the city.
>> police commissioner william evans is an expert on both the security and the spirit, having completed this marathon 18 times. for him, the last year has been about the city recovering. today is about how boston responds.
>> my heart and soul is into this race. it always has been. and that's why it's so important that we come back and show how resilient we are and how strong this city is.
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