Runners take on frigid Philly temps - Philadelphia News

November 23, 2008 10:22:20 AM PST
Runners hit the asphalt this morning, facing freezing temperatures in this year's Philadelphia Marathon.The first place winner, Andrey Toptun, 27 of Urkraine finished at 2:19:59, just one minute shy of the race record. The first female racer was Vera Ovcharuk, 27 of Ukraine, with a time of 2:44:05.

A Philadelphia resident, Abbey Dean, 37, finished second in the women's competition.

Roughly 18,000 people took part in Sunday morning's event.

Philadelphia Marathon runners enjoyed a warm meal inside the Convention Center Saturday night, but many had their thoughts on the below freezing temperatures outside and the same temperature they knew they would face at the start of the race.

Reaction, though, was mixed.

"It's going to be cold; I think it will to be okay if the wind isn't too bad," Erwin Cammard of Lafayette Hill, Pa. said.

"You get hot when you run,at the pace I'm going you get really hot and you just start sweating and it feels good when the wind hits you," Libby Rojas of Brooklyn, New York said.

It was a cold wind blowing through the streets of Rittenhouse on Saturday.

Some were not dressed for the weather, while others came prepared with scarves, sweaters, gloves, coats and more sweaters.

"My scarf isn't thick enough; I don't have any gloves, I don't have a hat, my nose is cold," Kim Small of South Philadelphia said.

People bundled up, some cuddled, and others just made do.

Troy Bailey has eight hours of dealing with the elements.

He's a security guard at the Christmas Village at Dilworth Plaza, but all he was asking for was some hot chocolate.

Philadelphiamarathon.com

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