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Runners Brave Humidity At The Vermont City Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 30, 2011
Heidi Westover won her fifth Vermont City Marathon on Sunday. Photo: Burlington Free Press

Heidi Westover won her fifth Vermont City Marathon on Sunday. Photo: Burlington Free Press

The temperatures nearly broke 80.

Yesterday’s 23rd edition of the Vermont City Marathon was hardly a cakewalk for its 8000 participants. Temperatures were in the high 70s and left many runners either dropping out or being forced to visit the medical tent at the finish. Race director Peter Delaney noted that the conditions were better that originally forecasted.

“I think it has been certainly better then what we were expecting within the last couple of days,”he said. “I think most of the runners have said, given the conditions, they were quite pleased with the course.”

Medical Coordinator Denise Alosa said that two conditions of heat stroke were reported and said part of the fact that Burlington has not had any humidity yet this spring is partly to blame.

In the men’s race, Dan Vassallo of Wilmington, Massachusetts was victorious in 2:24:09. The first woman to cross the line was 30 year old Heidi Westover who crossed the finish line in 2:46:49. Westover has now won the Vermont City Marathon a record five times.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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