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Continued: Record-busting heat -- a high of 99 -- beats down on Twin Cities

  • Article by: MARY LYNN SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 2, 2012 - 11:12 PM

Maybe less running

The unrelenting heat through the July 4th week has some major Twin Cities events rethinking their game plans. The third annual Red, White and Boom Half Marathon in Minneapolis will be shortened from 13.1 miles to 5 miles, said Virginia Brophy Achman, executive director of Twin Cities in Motion.

More than 2,500 people are expected to toe the starting line. Organizers not only want to keep people safe, they also don’t want heat-related injuries to overtax the emergency medical system from tending to others in the metro who might need of those services.

“It’s just a lot harder to run when it’s this hot,” Brophy Achman said.

The 10-kilometer part of the Firecracker Runs in Excelsior also might be shortened, said race director Rick Recker. “We might make it a 5K, or we might suggest everyone run the 2-mile race,” he said. “We’ll see what the weather looks like on [Tuesday] and on Wednesday.

“We could make it a 10K, but it might not be any fun,” he said. “Standing still is bad enough.”

Staff writers Paul Walsh and Daniela Hernandez contributed to this report.

Mary Lynn Smith • 612-673-4788

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