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UPDATE: Med City Marathon shortened due to weather, organizers double up on water stations

Organizers are cutting the Med City Marathon in half due to the heat.

Posted: May. 26, 2018 10:56 PM
Updated: May. 27, 2018 11:28 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - After cutting the race to a half marathon due to extreme heat, event organizers doubled up on water stations to give runners water and ice every mile.

Still, the hot temperatures took its toll on runner.

About 913 people started the marathon, and 889 finished. Four people were sent to the emergency room for heat exhaustion.

To help combat the heat, marathon organizers also had big fans and an open fire hydrant for people to run in.

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Saturday was the kick off of the 22nd Annual Med City Marathon.
The near 100-degree temperatures only fueled those running on Saturday, but the temperatures caused organizers to cut the marathon in half.

Runners Danielle and James Rogers are registered for Saturday's race, and understand why the big event was cancelled.

“It is very hot, so I completely understand,” said Danielle “There are other marathons.”

“It’s for the best,” Race Director Mark Bongers said. “The health of our runners is more important.”

The Med City Marathon posted this statement on their Facebook page:
"The Mayo Sports Med team along with our Final stretch team have determined that tomorrow’s marathon will not be run. The health and safety of our runners is our highest priority. All runners entered in the full marathon and 20-mile event will be moved into the half marathon event. The half marathon will be run as planned. The relay runners will be informed of their plan at packet pickup. Thank you for your understanding."

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