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Hypothermia Risk Thaws at Grandma's Marathon

Updated: 06/21/2014 4:31 PM
Created: 06/21/2014 4:24 PM WDIO.com

The cold weather this morning had medical staff at Grandma's Marathon warning of hypothermia risks, but temperatures warmed throughout the morning limiting medical issues.

Temperatures hung in the 40s as runners lined up for the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and full Grandma's Marathon Saturday morning. Additional windy, wet conditions prompted marathon medical staff to warn runners of a hypothermia risk as the race got underway.

Medical Director Ben Nelson said temperatures rose into the 50s later in the morning preventing any major problems for runners.

“We had a few people that had needed to warm up. They've been a little cold coming in. We haven't had anyone with actual hypothermia at all, but, yeah, runners were a little on the cold side. That also allows them to run faster so I think we're hearing more good things about people that were able to run a fast race than medical problems because of the cold,” Nelson said.

He said the cold actually kept the number of medical issues low this year with most runners only needing rest and water.

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