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Heat is on in Boston

April 17, 2012 - Morgan Ryan
By the looks of yesterday’s record-setting Boston Marathon temperatures, maybe we should be careful what we wish for here in the North Country.

While it reached as high as 82 degrees in the Tri-Lakes yesterday, Boston saw temperatures rise from 70 degrees at the start of the race to 89 by the time the last of the some 22,000 runners reached the finish line.

The Boston Globe reported that more than 2,100 runners were treated at medical tents along the 26.2-mile route. Finish times were slower across the board, with the men’s winner turning in a 2:12:40, the second-slowest Boston Marathon winning time since 1985.

In anticipation of the grueling temperatures, Boston Marathon organizers released a warning on Saturday and offered deferrals into next year’s race for those who decided it was just darn hot to run. (Sadly, those who deferred this year will need to pay the $150 entry fee again next year.)


Imagine training for a spring marathon through a cold winter, then getting there and it’s pushing 90 on race day. That’s how it was for the four local runners who crossed the finish line in Boston on Monday.

Here are the local finishers:

Joni Lundin-Gerkin, Lake Placid — 3:48:21

Rachel Butler, Lake Placid — 3:59:39

Lawrence Luepschen, Lake Placid — 4:13:34

Greg Wittmer, Saranac Lake — 4:46:35

Congratulations to those four runners for finishing in such difficult conditions.

The locals were among a field of 22,426 runners who started the race. They are still figuring out how many people actually finished.


Among Monday’s finishers was former New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, who ran alongside his wife to raise awareness of stroke victims. The three-time Super Bowl winner finished in 5:36:02.

Other celebrity finishers included Kristine Lilly, a two-time World Cup champion and gold medalist who finished in 4:27:45. Lilly, 40, was a long-time member of the U.S. women's national team during the years when they seemed to win every time. She's played in more international soccer games than any other male or female in the history of the sport.

It was Lilly's first marathon and she ran with her good friend Jodi Sorrells. Lilly used the race as a fundraiser for Children's Hospital Boston and kept a blog on espnW about her experiences.


One of the more interesting finishers was 21-year-old University of New Hampshire student Tom Gounley, who crossed the line in 3:52:33. OK, no big deal, right? Well, he was juggling three beanbags the entire time.

Check out Gounley in action:

Gounley’s ultimate goal is to set the Guinness World Record for joggling in a 50-mile ultramarathon.

Here’s another joggler/swuggler/cyclugger who is training to become the first person to juggle his way through a triathlon. According to his blog, Michal Kapral of Toronto holds the Guinness World Record of 2:50:12 for the fastest marathon while juggling three objects.

Umm, swuggling?


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