Hot temps force Boston Marathoners to take it slow

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BOSTON (AP) -- Extra water and sunscreen helped runners in the 116th Boston Marathon outlast temperatures that rose into the 80s.

Nearly 22,500 runners participated in Monday's 26.2 mile race from Hopkinton to Boston. Another 4,300 registered runners chose not to run, with many accepting an offer from marathon organizers to take a spot in next year's race.

Runners were advised to stay in the shade, run at a slower pace and take advantage of water at hydration stations along the route. Organizers added extra water at hydration stations and handed out sunscreen to runners.

Runner Susie Eisenberg-Argo of Sugarland, Texas is running her ninth consecutive Boston Marathon. The 50-year-old says the hot weather will force her to run a little more slowly this year, but she never considered skipping the race.

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