"Staying warm was a major concern going into the event, with daytimes temperatures potentially dropping to minus 30 or below, but come race week it was actually a job to avoid sweating whilst running along. If you sweat it freezes to you. A fine balance has to be found by creating enough heat to stay warm but not too warm. Basically it is a Arctic strip tease as the day goes on, until night time, when all the layers go back on to keep you alive."
*LRC Winter Runnign Archives
You might be impressed with how fast this school mascot can do the 400m on a frozen track.
"I have a couple of guys always on patrol with guns. You can’t be too careful about polar bears.”
The snow should all be melted by April 20th, but organizers are concerned about the fields that host the "athletes' village".
Hannah England (Kenya) and Jenny Meadows (South Africa) talk about getting homesick being away from home for the winter. It's hard to feel bad for them when Jo Pavey is wearing two layers and jogging a 2-minute stretch of road over and over because it's the only thing without snow.
Pavey: "2011 was a bad winter. I'd always wear two pairs of gloves, a headband and a hat, you just get on with it. ... I remember in 2011 there was deep snow everywhere except for one patch of road, amounting to about a two-minute run, which had been treated. I had to keep running back and forth on that which meant passing the same bus stop. I've no idea what people thought when they saw me. ... As long as you're training hard, it doesn't matter where you do it."
Chris Laudani: "I liked it better when it was just a mystery man who could have been anybody. I enjoyed the positive tweets where everyone was talking about the spirit of the race and what it means to the city."
There was a city wide search via social media to find the man, identified as bar tender and runner Chris Laudani. Laudani said, "The marathon means a lot to me. I'm a big fan of the marathon, and I run the marathon every year. ... It's a really special place for me. I love the Boston Marathon finish line and everything it represents. And it didn't deserve to be covered by snow, so I shoveled it off. ... I think it's cool that a ton of people have gotten behind the idea and support the idea that the finish line isn't just a strip of paint in the road, that it means so much more to us as a community of Boston and of runners. ... I'm no hero, I'm just a nut who loves the marathon. The real heroes are the people who were out there clearing the streets and sidewalks, the [Boston Police Department], and the [Boston Fire Department] who risk their lives every day to keep people safe."
Keith Whyte ran 9:26:02 (9:07 mile pace). He said one of the worst parts was it was "constant daylight" and he went three days before the race without decent sleep.
With its first running in 1896, it is the oldest road race in the US.
Tapia: "And I came all the way to Japan to run."