What you need to know about the TCS NYC Marathon 2018

All four winners of the 2017 NYC Marathon return to defend their titles Sunday.American Shalane Flanagan and Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor will try to repeat, along with the Swiss pair of Manuela Schar and Marcel Hug in the wheelchair division.

"To be coming back as the defending champion, it's quite an honor and literally a dream come true," said Flanagan, the first U.S. woman to win the NYC Marathon since Miki Gorman in 1977.Flanagan won in 2 hours, 26 minutes, 53 seconds, beating Mary Keitany of Kenya.

This year's race will feature a dominant set of runners from the United States in the women's field, including Flanagan, 2018 Boston Marathon winner Desiree Linden and Molly Huddle.

The men's side includes four-time U.S. Olympian Abdi Abdirahman and Shadrack Biwott.

Heightened security this year includes heavy weapons teams from the counter-terrorism bureau as well as plainclothes officers along the course

Start line: Western end of Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Staten Island

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