OCEANPORT, N.J. - Thousands of runners took to the streets for the New Jersey Marathon, cheered on by crowds who faced tighter security measures imposed after the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Spectators were barred from bringing bags to areas near the start and finish lines of Sunday's race, and access to those areas was also limited. Some parking areas near the lines were closed, and bomb-sniffing police dogs patrolled areas surrounding the route.

About 12,000 runners were expected to take part in the marathon, which got under way in Oceanport and ended in Long Branch. The race was run only on roads this year, because many Jersey Shore boardwalks were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. - AP