My friends that did the Madison half said that they had plenty of shade and thought that it would not have been necessary to cancel the full. In fact one friend who ran Syttende Mai as I did the weekend before told me that she struggled far more in the sun and heat on the run to Stoughton.
The heat also did not hold back 19 year old Liz Berkholtz from winning the half in 1:19. When she was 15 she passed me at the finish line to win a local 5k. She timed it perfectly and I did not have time to react at all other than to drop my jaw in surprise as I had no clue that anyone was behind me. I was new to racing and she taught me a very good lesson that day. She went on to become a very accomplished prep runner and is red-shirting for the University of Minnesota. With a 1:19 half debut on a hot course that no one would describe as “fast” I expect that she will go on to very great things.