BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Colonel Mike Edmonson of the Louisiana State Police cheered on his son who raced in the 118th Boston Marathon.
The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon.
Col. Edmonson's son, Michael, finished the race in three hours and fifty-seven seconds. He is among the tens of thousands of runners who set out from the starting line.
"I was doing really good up until about mile 16," Michael said. "I was on track to do faster, Heartbreak Hill and a whole bunch of other hills caught back up to me."
According to the Louisiana State Police Facebook page, Col. Edmonson joined his son and Massachusetts State Police Colonel Timothy Alben at the starting line. He also visited with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick while observing security operations during the race.
Edmonson said he was very interested in the type of security being used.
"I'll be visiting with the race group (Louisiana Marathon). When you have this many people, there's things you can do to make the race safe. Bringing those back to Louisiana," Edmonson said about what he learned behind the scenes.
He also met with the current and former mayors of Boston, as well. During part of the race, he walked the course with the police chief of Boston.
This race marks the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and injured more than 260. The bombs exploded near the finish line.
This year, security was tight along those 26.2 miles. Organizers had a long list of prohibited items for both runners and spectators.
More than 100 cameras were installed along the route in Boston, and race organizers said 50 or so observation points would be set up around the finish line to monitor the crowd.
"Michael and thousands of other runners will show the world the spirit and resolve of the American people as they return to run one year after the tragic marathon bombings," said a post on the LSP Facebook page.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael, the Edmonson family, all of the runners, the Boston Athletic Association, and the visitor and citizens of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts."
Rita Jeptoo of Kenya has successfully defended the Boston Marathon title she said she could not enjoy a year ago after the fatal bombings.
Jeptoo finished Monday's race in a course-record 2 hours, 18 minutes, 57 seconds. She becomes the seventh three-time Boston Marathon champion.
Jeptoo broke away from a group of five runners at the 23-mile mark. Buzunesh Deba finished second with an unofficial time of 2:19:59.
American Shalane Flanagan finished fifth after leading for more than half the race. She took a gamble by setting the early pace. She ran her first mile in 5 minutes, 11 seconds, but fell back on the Newton Hills about 21 miles into the race.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, is awaiting trial in the April 15, 2013, attack and could get the death penalty. Prosecutors said he and his older brother - ethnic Chechens who came to the U.S. from Russia more than a decade ago - carried out the attack in retaliation for U.S. wars in Muslim lands.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died in a shootout with police days after the bombings.