Thousands hit the streets for the Binghamton Bridge Run

By Jillian Marshall

May 5, 2013 Updated May 6, 2013 at 10:13 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Thousands of runners laced up their sneakers and took Binghamton's bridges by storm Sunday morning.

Runners pounded the pavement across four bridges in the 3rd annual Greater Binghamton Bridge Run.

The half-marathon and the 5K traveled across Court, Clinton, South Washington and Tompkins bridges.

Nearly 2,500 runners and thousands of spectators lined the streets, many of them running with Boston in their hearts.

Greater Binghamton Chamber President Lou Santoni says they took some extra precautions in lieu of the Boston Marathon bombings in April.

"We've taken some extra security precautions, restricted bathroom usage and more security along the course. It's unfortunate that things like that happen," Santoni said.

The chamber partnered with a Room to Heal, which works with children with serious medical conditions in Broome County.

Rob Ahrens, 25, of Clarks Summit, Pa., took home first.

The title for the women went to Kellie Hasselwander, 27, of Syracuse.