KIRKWOOD, MO (KPLR) – Despite the impending storms, the GO! St. Louis All American 5K took place Sunday morning.
It rained off and on prior to the race, but officials said they wouldn't postpone the race unless lightning was spotted.
“We have a hard fast rule about 30 minutes,” said Jess Trammell from GO! St. Louis told FOX 2 prior to the race. “If we see lightning in the area we will wait 30 minutes and make sure it has cleared out of the area before we start the race.”
Seconds after the race began, lightning flashed across the sky, taking the runners and organizers by surprise.
Organizers had planned ahead for severe weather and ordered busses for the 2000 runners as shelter, but they were at the finish line in Webster Groves. The runners were started because organizers felt it was safer to send runners towards the shelter than to remain at the starting line where there was none.