BOSTON (WHDH) – Hundreds of runners were treated Monday for various medical issues as they battled through rain, wind and frigid temperatures along the Boston Marathon route.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) said around 2,500 patients were seen in medical tents, excluding ones that were set up at the finish line. Many of those seeking medical attention were treated for hypothermia.
“They just can’t run anymore. They’re shivering. They just can’t go on,” said Wellesley Fire Chief Charles DiGiandomenico.
Due to the cold temperatures and rain, communities along the marathon route opened warming centers in Natick, Wellesley, Newton, and Brookline. Those told by medics that they could not finish the marathon were sent on buses back to Boston so they could reunite with their family members.
Temperatures dipped down into the 30s as wind-driven rain soaked the 27,048 runners who took part in Monday’s race. Many runners stopped along the route when the cold weather and rain became too much. A lot of runners were seen sporting ponchos and rain jackets. Boston Marathon regulars said this one was the toughest yet.
“When I started out, I wish I had quit, it was pretty tough. When you run in these conditions.” said Boston Police Commission William Evans. “I felt bad for people who come from all over the world and they get a lousy day like this. But overall, Boston is special and I’m proud of this city.”
Spectators also endured the driving rain and near-freezing temperatures to support the thousands of runners taking part in this year’s marathon.
“Any other marathon I might have backed out, to be honest, but it’s Boston and just being here is a thrill and the best thing,” runner Kelsi Chappell said.
Those watching the race brought umbrellas, ponchos and other rain gear to brave the raw, wet conditions.
“We’re drenched,” said Kristen Burke. “It’s horrible, it’s freezing cold, but it’s fun.”
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