“If You Cannot Stand The Heat” (Boston Marathon, April 2012)

“If You Cannot Stand The Heat” (Boston Marathon, April 2012)

This year’s Boston Marathon on April 16, 2012 will go down as one of the most challenging in regards to more than just blistered feet and sprained ankles. The early spring warm weather is being factored in. Best wishes for all who are in the marathon.

BOSTON — Runners left Hopkinton for the start of the Boston Marathon on Monday with more to worry about in the 116th edition of the race than the up-and-down, 26.2-mile road to Copley Square.

Heat was already slowing the pace of the leaders and creating potentially dangerous conditions for the rest of the 27,000 registered runners. Temperatures were expected to reach the mid-80s, forcing organizers to offer a largely unprecedented deferment to the entire field that had spent the last year qualifying, registering and training for what often is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The wheelchair racers left Hopkinton at 9:17 under sunny skies and a temperature of 69 degrees, followed by the women’s field at 9:32. It was 73 when the elite men and the rest of the field went off at 10 a.m.; by the time they got to Boston’s Back Bay, the temperature was expected to rise into the mid-80s.

Hopkinton residents Ted and Nanda Barker-Hook have been handing out sports drinks, coffee, water, bananas, and sunscreen on the road leading to the starting gate for the past five years.

This year, no one is touching the coffee.”

All I am saying this, stay safe and healthy runners.

With MANY THANKS To Both AP And ESPN. Read More Here:“Boston Marahton Under Way”


Boston Marathon 2008
Boston Marathon 2008 (Photo credit: Christopher S. Penn)

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