I expect nothing less from a bunch of whiny, liberal snowflakes. Why don’t they just run it on the track, or better yet, just not run at all? I remember running at my hs state meet with 10 inches of snow, and I was just fine.
and this is what happens when you ignore common sense:
More about 1987: From almost the moment that word began circulating last night that the Federation cross country meet was being canceled, people began recalling the nightmare that was the 1987 meet at Fayetteville-Manlius.
People who were there will suggest we were lucky that no one died that day. If they're exaggerating, it's not by much. Runners were taken by stretcher to the school gym, where some shook so fiercely from the effects of hypothermia that they appeared to be having seizures.
Only three of the four races -- boys and girls had team and individual races -- wound up being conducted that day as temperatures in the high teens and six inches of snow, at times driven by wicked winds, over- whelmed ambulance and fire department medical personnel with casualties.
Dennis Webster of Clarence was coming off a second-place finish in Class B at the previous weekend's NYSPHSAA championships and remembers the Federation meet vividly.
"Before the racing began, the meet officials made the announcement that they were waiving the uniform rules and runners could wear whatever they wanted to stay warm. Many runners were unprepared and still ran in singlets and shorts and the results were catastrophic," he recalled in a text message Friday. "After the first race the F-M gym was a sea of moaning and frostbitten runners.
"After my race I recall being gathered around a locker room sink with a number of other runners nearly in tears trying to thaw out our hands even though I had warm, thin running gloves. ... The local EMS resources assigned to the meet surveyed the scene and declared they couldn't provide additional services if another race flooded them with more runners needing help. The meet was over at that point."
By that point, the medics were treating as many as 50 runners simultaneously, with six shipped off to area hospitals to be treated for hypothermia or frostbite. One Tottenville girl remained hospitalized for two days with frostbite in both hands.
Astonishingly, meet organizers intended to send competitors in the final scheduled race to the starting line until Manlius Fire Chief Paul Whorrall was called to the scene and demanded an end to the meet. The meet committee relented only after being advised that they faced insurance liability issues by ignoring the fire chief's order.