WOODBURY - Hundreds of Long Islanders are taking part in the NYC ING Marathon that kicked off this morning.

Today's race is a personal one for many of those running, taking place a year after Superstorm Sandy and months after the Boston Marathon bombings.

The marathon's return is symbolic of the city itself, with 48,000 runners pouring an estimated $300 million back into the economy.

Elite athletes such as returned Olympian Meb Keflezighi have to race as well. In 2009, he became the first American to win the NYC marathon in more than two decades.

Security at the event has been increased with bomb-sniffing dogs, air surveillance and more NYPD officers patrolling the route.