LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — More than 30,000 runners from around the world showed up bright and early Sunday morning to participate in the 38th Marine Corps Marathon.

Racers hit the streets of Arlington, Va. and Washington, D.C. for the 26.2 mile run in memory of fallen soldiers and in support of the United States Marine Corps.

PHOTOS: Marine Corps Marathon

The top runners in the marathon finished around 10:30, about 2 hours after the race began.

Girma Bedada, of Georgia, finished first with a time of 2 hours 21 minutes 32 seconds for the men and U.S. Army Capt. Kelly Calway, of Colorado, finished first among the women with a time of 2 hours 42 minutes 15 seconds.

The marathon is the third largest in the U.S., eighth largest in the world, and voted “Best Marathon in the Mid-Atlantic” and “Best Marathon for Spectators.”

Security was also stepped up for the marathon this year, with organizers spending about $1 million on security for this weekend’s activities, the most money ever spent for security in the race’s 38-year history, race director Rick Nealis said.

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