Cold temperatures cause changes to big downtown race

Posted on: 3:48 pm, December 15, 2013, by , updated on: 03:41pm, December 15, 2013

ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- While Sunday’s morning cold weather couldn’t stop the Hot Chocolate 15/5k runs in St. Louis, it did cause some changes. With temperatures near 20° and wind chills around 10°, medical officials said some changes had to be made to protect runners who were at an  elevated risk for frostbite.

Racers signed up for the 15k but who ran at a pace of 13 minutes per mile or more were diverted to the 5k course, reducing the risk of exposure. Runners who switched from the 15k to the 5k distance still received official finisher times at the new distance. Officials also canceled the Ronald McDonald Kid Zone.

The Hot Chocolate 15/5k was expected to draw 10,000 runners to downtown St. Louis.

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