A Hot Run For One Belmont Runner; For Others, Too Hot
While many wisely deferred until next year, Robert Cipriano blazed to second in 50-54 group.
Not since 2004 when temperatures reached 86 degrees has the BAA Marathon been run in such hot temperatures. Yesterday's record 87 degrees resulted in about 4,000 runners deciding to take up the Boston Athletic Association of their offer to less experience runners to defer their entry until the 2013 race.
But for one Belmont resident, the course was hot due to his blazing pace over the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Copley Square in Boston.
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Robert Cipriano of Hammond Road finished second to Daniel Hay of Battlefield, Missouri in the 50-54 age division, an improvement from last year's fourth place finish.
But for most other runners, the day was a bit too hot to attempt anything other than survive as best they could on a day that saw a high of 89 in Framingham as runners still had about 20 miles remaining in the race.
Of the 23 Belmont residents who were officially registered for the race, the BAA recorded 10 crossing the finish line.
Kurt Schwartz, director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, told the Boston Globe that about 800 people had sought assistance from medical staff along the course.
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