Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Extreme weather marathons

Last week the Fortis Rotterdam Marathon was cancelled before time because the extremely hot weather had sent 26 runners to the hospital. The next day the Boston marathon was held in the pouring rain, with pumps to prevent flooding and extra tents to accomodate runners, luckily the rain was not as heavy as first feared. Yesterday a young man died after running the London marathon and collapsing from the heat. Another 600 people did not complete the marathon due to the unusual high temperature (about 25 degrees).

This weekend I am going to Hamburg with my sister as spectator for the Hamburg marathon. I hope the weather will be less extreme than for the marathons described above.

Photo courtesy Fortis Rotterdam Marathon

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