Hot time in the Cities Where an ambitious mind goes, a reluctant body is sure to follow

  • Updated: October 7, 2007 - 11:59 PM

Wayne Crews lost 20 pounds over the past year, and found himself in the best shape of his life when he returned home to Minnesota from Cary, N.C., and approached the starting line outside the Metrodome just after dawn Sunday.

A little more than three hours later, he reached the finish line, with a good enough time -- 3:12:11 -- to qualify for his first Boston Marathon. But his entire body revolted at the notion. He needed the support from a running-club friend and about three bottles of water dumped on his head to feel better.

"Typical story: Way too much ambition," Crews, who once lived in Rochester, said of a pace that his mind favored but his body finally rejected.

Crews convinced four friends from his running club to venture north with him for what was supposed to be a "cold" marathon. Instead, friend Dulce Altabella awoke Sunday to hot, humid conditions reminiscent of her native Spain. An IBM engineer, she completed Sunday's run just in time to hear Crews' name announced as a finisher 40 seconds behind her, so she turned to offer comfort with a strong shoulder and a wet bottle of water.

"My goal is be the first woman from Spain to finish," she said, "and if I'm not, I'll be seriously upset."

JERRY ZGODA

There are 8 million stories in the naked city, and more than 10,000 of them in the Twin Cities Marathon. Here, on an unseasonably hot, humid Sunday in October -- 74 degrees and 87 percent humidity at the 8 a.m. start, the warmest in the race's 26-year history -- are six of them, culled from the finish line in downtown St. Paul:

  • related content

  • Champions fly mostly solo

    Sunday October 7, 2007

    The men's and women's winners, from Ukraine and Russia, respectively, found themselves running mostly alone before crossing the finish line to a warm reception from the crowd.Summary.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Atlanta - LP: J. Teheran 2 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels 9
Washington 0 FINAL
Miami 8
Boston 4 FINAL
Minnesota 4
Detroit 2 FINAL
Houston 3
Toronto - WP: C. Hynes 9 FINAL
Boston - LP: D. Hinojosa 7
Tampa Bay - WP: J. Norberto 3 FINAL
NY Yankees - LP: C. Whitley 0
St. Louis 5 FINAL
NY Mets 4
Los Angeles 4 FINAL
Kansas City 4
LA Angels 1 FINAL
Oakland 4
San Diego 8 FINAL
Chicago WSox 2
Chicago WSox 12 FINAL
Seattle 4
Cleveland 2 FINAL
San Francisco 5
Milwaukee 7 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 11
Arizona 3 FINAL
Cincinnati 0
Texas 4 FINAL
Colorado 10
Pittsburgh 3 FINAL
Baltimore 3
Detroit 78 FINAL
Charlotte 102
Philadelphia 93 FINAL
Washington 106
San Antonio 103 FINAL
Orlando 91
Indiana 87 FINAL
Boston 100
Brooklyn 100 FINAL
New York 98
Chicago 91 FINAL
Milwaukee 95
Dallas 135 FINAL
Oklahoma City 131
Sacramento 111 FINAL
Houston 115
Toronto 113 FINAL
Minnesota 99
Denver 84 FINAL
Utah 98
LA Clippers 126 FINAL
Portland 122
New Orleans 113 FINAL
LA Lakers 92
Toronto 3 FINAL
Buffalo 4
Philadelphia 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh 1
Edmonton 1 FINAL
Anaheim 5
Colorado 1 FINAL
San Jose 5
Loyola-Chicago 63 FINAL
ULM 62
UCLA 69 FINAL
Michigan 65
Temple 58 FINAL
West Virginia 66

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Who are you rooting for in the NCAA Final Four?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close