Re: Re: Rough day for runners (250 hospitalized in Chicago alone, 2 dead)

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Layne
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We were at 18 miles when they cancelled the race. We were asked to walk the remainder of the course. We were also invited to take buses or shortcuts to the finish. My friend came from Great Britian for his inaugural marathon and elected to finish the entire course.
Water stops ran empty by 4hrs and we survived mostly from spectators providing liquids and hoses. We jogged much of miles 21 – 24 and the last mile finishing in 5:37. Many race officials and police that we saw were asking people to walk, but not enforcing the request. There were many runners “down” literally on the course. Though the timing mats didn't sound when crossing them, I did find my friends times listed all the way through.
As expected it was much hotter on the western portion of the course and the final southern push directly into the sun.