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Cold, Foggy and Wet Again for Grandma's Marathon

Updated: 06/21/2014 6:16 PM
Created: 06/21/2014 5:20 PM WDIO.com
By: Travis Dill
tdill@wdio.com

It was another dreary day for runners of the 38th annual Grandma's Marathon. Veterans of the race said the cool weather benefited the runners, but some of the fresh faces this year were surprised by the fog and chilly temperatures in late June.

Another foggy start to the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon put a hamper on the scenic views for a pair of runners from Atlanta.

“Um, in the fog that was about it. I've heard it's beautiful here, and we're definitely going to have to come back just so we can see what it looks like,” Doug Brooks said.

It was his and Meg Leitner's first time at Grandma's. Although the weather wasn't what they were expecting, they were loving the experience.

“You read about it in Runners World, and it's just been around so long it feels like a piece of history here,” Leitner said.

“When we left yesterday it was 92 degrees and sunny so it doesn't compare, but it's great running weather,” Brooks said.

That was something seasoned runners like Christyn May agreed with.

“Awesome weather right now. As long as it's not raining I don't care; this is perfect weather,” May said. “Temperature is great. You don't have to worry about too much sweating. Weather is fine, no wind, no rain. I'm perfectly fine with this.”

Miles of strides keep the runners warm, but it was tough for spectators to fight off the chill so first-time fans worked hard on Lemon Drop Hill.

“I think I got about 10 people to go from walking to running just by cheering them on,” Amy Greske said.

Passionate cheers and tremendous running combine to make Grandma's more than a marathon. It will become a tradition for the first timers despite the weather.

“Oh I think we'd definitely come back. Absolutely,” Leitner said.

The Grandma's Marathon tradition continues with a strong showing with over 16,000 people registered for the full and half marathon.

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