Monday, October 8, 2007

Marathon Horror Stories

Congratulations to all BCRRers who ran (or attempted to run) a marathon this weekend. You are true Spartans!!

The record high temperatures in the North East made even Houston's weather look good. The most dramatic development of course was the cancellation of the Chicago Marathon in progress. The organizers cite the dangerous conditions and numerous heat-related casualties, including the death of one runner on the course, as reasons for the cancellation. But that's only part of the story. There are a number of really angry runners out there who fault the race organization for lack of preparedness in anticipating the increased need for fluids. A major problem was apparently little or no water or Gatorade at the aid stations. It's hard for me to imagine running a marathon on a cool day with inadequate fluids, much less a really hot day.

If you ran Chicago or one of the other marathons (Steamtown, Milwaukee’s Lakefront, etc) let’s hear your war stories.

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