Columbia runners brave Boston’s harsh weather

Tuesday, April 17, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:26 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Coming down with hypothermia Monday at the 111th Boston Marathon was an adventure that Stacy Reed will remember.

Reed, one of 11 Columbia residents who competed in the wind and rain, was in bad shape as she approached the finish despite starting with three layers of clothing.

“I was shivering and cramping,” Reed, 43, said by phone from Boston.

After holding on to finish the race in 3:51:55, Reed went straight to the medical tent. She was given warm blankets and a warm-air plastic wrap. Her body temperature had dropped to 94.2 degrees, requiring her to receive IV therapy and fluid.

This was the first time she said she ran in such “brutal conditions” in her six-marathon career. Reed, who also ran the Boston Marathon in 2004 and 2006, said she takes pride in running this race because participants have to qualify in order to compete, instead of just signing up.

“It’s a great race,” Reed said. “The spectators are wonderful, and the volunteers are great.”

Another Columbia resident, Cesar Mello, 41, participated in his fifth consecutive Boston Marathon. He said the “commotion of the weather” added to the challenge of the course and prevented him from finishing as well as he hoped. Mello wanted to beat the 2:57:45 he ran last year, but finished in 3:07:54.

There are many reasons Mello said he continues to compete in the prestigious marathon.

“Personally, I really enjoy the atmosphere, the town, and the race itself,” he said.

Mello, who ran his 13th marathon, said he wants to take a break from running the Boston Marathon and pursue other great marathons throughout the world. Mello wants to complete the Marathon Series, which includes five of the most prominent marathons from around the world: Boston, Chicago, New York, London and Berlin.

Mello said is hoping to improve his time when he competes in the New York City Marathon on Nov. 4. He is also hoping to be accepted to run in the 2008 London Marathon.

“Three out of five is pretty good,” he said.

Other participants from Columbia include Daniel Hall, 41, 3:17:16; Munashe Chigerwe, 29, 3:19:25; Carl Specking III, 21, 3:21:09; Edward Sauter, 50, 3:33:00; Bradley Crow, 32, 3:36:21; Heather Hradel, 35, 3:51:52; Richard Wieman, 57, 4:19:15; Marcus Rowe, 36, 4:18:43; and Jennifer Moeller, 41, 4:18:43.

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