HOPKINTON, Mass. (WWLP) - On Marathon Monday, more than 20,000 runners started in Hopkinton and ended at Copley Square in Boston, despite temperature that soared into the 80's.
Runners from across the globe came out despite the heat advisory to run the famous Boston Marathon ; the world's oldest and most famous.
There was no shortage of water, ice, volunteers, and police along the course, and even area emergency rooms prepared for the potential influx of heat-related problems.
Runners and volunteers, like Emily Baker of Westfield, told 22News about the steps they took to avoid heat problems.
"We have to make sure the runners have plenty of water, and they told people that if they can't run this year they can come back next," Baker said.
Indeed, about 4,300 runners decided to wait until next year , and hopefully cooler temperatures.
Rob Giannis of Los Angeles, however, was among those who braved the hot weather.
"Try not to get discouraged and the doctor says listen to your body," Giannis said.
Even the best of the best were having problems Monday. Last year's defending champion, Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya dropped out of the race at the 18-mile mark due to cramps.