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A crowd waiting for runners to pass at mile 26 saw the first 10 or 15 runners go by and then were told to move up the street by marathon staff, said Kathleen Riordan, 41, of Dormont, who was waiting for her husband to run by.
"At first I wasn't sure what was going on, either. I thought it was kind of strange that they were changing the marathon course," Riordan said. She didn't hear about the suspicious device until she got to the end of the course.
About 5,000 people took part in the full marathon, which does not attract the sport's elite runners.
Katie Miller, 34, of Butler, and sister Jamie Kemerer, 31, of Charlotte, N.C., finished in about 5 1/2 hours and didn't notice any disruptions. The sisters said the only complication was a steady rain that had slowed to a drizzle by midday.
"Our shoes," Kemerer said. "It was 5 pounds on each foot."
Kipyegon Kirui, 29, of Kenya, won the rain-soaked men's race in a time of 2 hours, 17 minutes, 12 seconds. Alena Vinitskaya, 36, of Belarus, won the women's race in 2:42.33.
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