BY DANIEL REYES
Unusually high heat kept Boston Marathon runners at a slower pace, and many gave up before the Monday marathon even started.
An unseasonably high of 86 degrees had many of the 22,426 runners slowing their pace, determined to finish the 26.2 mile race.
“It was brutal, just brutally hot,” 38-year-old Jason Warick told Sports Illustrated of the race. “Around 15 miles the wheels just came off. Then it was just about getting home."
More than 4,000 choose not to run, instead opting to defer their entry until next year, but those who did run agree it was a race to remember.
“This is not a day for personal bests,” said Pierre d’Hemecourt, one of the race’s medical directors, via Time Magazine. “If you choose to run, run safely above all else. Speed can kill.”
Boston Marathon winner, Wesley Korir, followed a lot of the advice the Boston Athletic Association gave our prior to the race.
“It was very important to me to take water, to take fluids, to hydrate as often as possible, even if it led to falling off the pace at times,” said Korir to Boston.com.
Korir finished the marathon in 2 hours 12 minutes and 40 seconds, slightly less than nine minutes slower than the course record.