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Monday, 10 March 2014 18:49

L.A. Marathon runners sweat through hottest race day in decade

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They’ve fought torrential rain and strong winds before, but L.A. Marathon runners have rarely seen the heat they did Sunday – or the large number of first-aid calls the warm weather produced.

At the L.A. Marathon’s finish line in Santa Monica, city firefighters aided 95 runners, sending 16 to area hospitals, for such problems as dehydration, cramps, chest pains and exhaustion, according to Battalion Chief Jeff Furrows. That was twice the usual number of runners requesting aid, he said.

Race-day temperatures climbed to 81 degrees at the finish line, the highest ever recorded since the L.A. Marathon began its 26.2-mile “Stadium to the Sea” course from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica five years ago. The heat was blamed for slightly slower times this year, with Amane Gobena of Ethiopia winning the women’s race in 2 hours, 27 minutes and 37 seconds and fellow countryman Gebo Burka winning the men's race in 2:10:37.,0,2837602.story#ixzz2vaRXRLVB

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