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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Snow Blitz Won't Stop Winter Runners

There might be 6-foot snowbanks barricading the streets and more ice pellets and rain on the way--but that won't deter 80 local runners from competing in the so-called Hypothermic Half Marathon this Sunday.

The snow-or-shine winter road race has been happening in Saint John for the past decade. According to Running Room Atlantic events coordinator John Acheson, the 21-kilometer route from Cape Spencer to Lily Lake is going to be well-salted and safety will be a top priority.

Acheson notes that the course is fairly hilly, but levels out about halfway through. Fortunately for the intrepid athletes, the forecast for Sunday doesn't include any precipitation and is fairly mild.

The runners get shuttled out to Cape Spencer then run back to Lily Lake. The Hypothermic Half Marathon begins at 8:30 on Sunday morning and there are still spots for runners to sign up--if they dare.

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