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113th Boston Marathon

Medical Tent: Cool weather alters injury focus


Joe Veira | | Tuesday, April 21, 2009

BOSTON -- Unexpected heat was the enemy for runners in last year's Boston Marathon, but the opposite was true yesterday.

Steady winds and increasing cold as the day wore on created a slightly greater need for medical assistance than last year. Between two Boston Emergency Medical Service tents at the Copley Square finish line and three tents along the course route, approximately 1,175 people were tended to by medical staff as of 5 p.m., according to Boston EMS Chief Rich Serino.

A total of 28 people were transported to the hospital, though none were deemed to be in life-threatening condition, Serino added.

The medical staff was not confronted with much out of the ordinary, apart from a lot of cold runners, according to BAA medical coordinator Chris Troyanos.

"There was a bit of wind, but (the temperature) wasn't that bad,'' said 37-year-old Natalie Wilby of Brampton, Ontario, who was being treated for cramped legs.

The cool April gusts came as a relief to Belmont resident Holly Muson, who suffered through last year's heat.

"It was sort of nice,'' 44-year-old Muson said, "actually, having a cool breeze out there.''

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