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Steve Wagner, Published April 15 2012

Wagner: Area athletes run in Boston Marathon

Bemidji, Minn.

Most runners who made the trek for today’s 116th Boston Marathon got there the old-fashioned way.

They earned it.

By enduring thousands of miles of sweat, fatigue and pain in the wind, rain, snow and cold.

At this year’s expo, the Boston Athletic Association, which puts on the marathon, stressed a public awareness initiative to teach runners the basics of hands-only CPR, citing a study found “that bystander CPR, specifically CPR performed by other runners or spectators, was the most important determinant of life or death.”

Race officials also issued a warm weather warning for the race as the forecast calls for temperatures in the mid 80s, similar to conditions during the “Duel in the Sun.” That race, 30 years ago, pitted Dick Beardsley and Alberto Salazar against each other for one of the all-time greatest marathons.

“If the temperatures reach certain levels, running will put even the most fit athletes at risk for heat injury,” race officials stated Saturday on the marathon website. “We are now making the recommendation that if you are not highly fit or if you have any underlying medical conditions (for example-cardiac disease, pulmonary disease or any of a number of medical problems), you should not run this race.”

The warning, the website states, is particularly designed for inexperienced marathoners or those who have trained in cold climates.

However, after months – and in some cases years – of training needed to qualify, and the thousands of dollars spent to get to Boston, few runners would skip running the race. Marathon officials probably suspect the same and issued precautions for racing in hot weather.

Best of luck to each of the runners today, especially the ones from our region.

Here’s the area North Dakota runners signed up for Boston this year: Gina Aalgaard Kelly, 35, Lisbon; H. Vern Aaseby, 58, Wahpeton; Tony M. Duerr, 34, West Fargo; Christopher L. Hass, 34, Fargo; Tricia Promersberger, 42, Fargo; John C. Simonson, 45, Fargo; Ray Wohl, 42, West Fargo.

Here’s the area Minnesota runners signed up for Boston this year: Christina L. Floding, 41, Detroit Lakes; Erik Hanson, 22, Moorhead; Mary P. Haugrud, 50, Fergus Falls; Jeff Kava, 51, of Barnesville.

Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer Editor Steve Wagner writes a running blog, which can be found online at runningspud.areavoices.com. He can be reached via email at swagner@bemidjipioneer.com.