Surely I wasn't the only one who sat up in bed around 7 a.m. Sunday, heard the deluge of rain on the roof and thought to myself, "Man, I'm so glad I'm not running a marathon this morning," as I lay back down for more shuteye.
But scores determined runners, dedicated volunteers and spirited spectators didn't let the rain and near-freezing temperatures deter them from the Chevron Houston Marathon and the Aramco Houston Half Marathon.
"The conditions were challenging for everybody, but it is a testament to the athletes we attract that we had such great performances."
"The conditions were challenging for everybody, but it is a testament to the athletes we attract that we had such great performances," Wade Morehead, executive director of the Houston Marathon Committee, said in a statement. "Despite the bad conditions, we had tremendous support from our sponsors, spectators and volunteers."
Merima Mohammed, a 20-year-old competitor from Ethiopia, ran the second-fastest ever women's race on Sunday, clocking in at 2 hours, 23 minutes, 27 seconds. Twenty-two year old Bazu Worku, another Ethiopian runner, took the men's prize with a finish in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 17 seconds.
This Pix of the Day was snapped by reader Arie Moghaddam once the skies had somewhat cleared and the condition had slightly improved, the runners still pushing through after mile marker 16 in spite of the gloom.
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