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.

, 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.






Robert Cipriano 2:48:15 173 Wolfgang Ketterle 3:14:09 1,201 Stacy Juckett Chesnutt 3:39:29 830 Becca Pizzi Neill 3:47:27 1,313 Erin Genova 3:50:04 1,515 Scott Abrams 3:55:02 5,549 John Carey 3:57:00 5,818 Rachid Belhocine 4:12:51 7,433 Chris Weltzel 4:17:55 7,903 Tom Hancock 4:24:16 8,453
Yury Kats April 17, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Hats off to all who ran. It was brutally hot out there!
Brian Rogers April 18, 2012 at 12:22 AM
According to Jack Fleming of the BAA, only 427 runners took a deferral, not 4,000. http://tinyurl.com/cud6to8
william02138 June 02, 2012 at 08:30 AM
This article is incorrect. 19 out of 23 entrants from Belmont finished the race, not just 10. This would have been apparent if the author had looked beyond the default search results page that shows only the first 10 results. (I pointed this out to him shortly after this article went online, but I see the incorrect information is still here.) -Bill Hees, 12th finisher from Belmont


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