Marathoners beat the heat
At the 2012 Boston Marathon in April, runners were faced with broiling conditions on Patriots Day. The temperatures hovered in the upper 80s and reached as high as 89 degrees as more than 2,100 runners sought medical treatment for dehydration and exhaustion.
And yet, more than 96 percent of runners finished the race. The last time it was as hot on a marathon Monday was during the 1976 race, affectionately termed the "Run for the Hoses."
Wesley Korir and Sharon Cherop won the 2012 race, but all who braved the elements deserve a great performance nod, as well as those who decided not to run. That difficult decision, at the sport’s premier event, is something to cheer, not be ashamed of.