Marathoners call cooler weather welcome relief

Terry Robb crosses the finish line at the Heart of America Marathon Monday afternoon. Robb and others said the cooler temperatures were excellent for running.

Despite a lightning delay early Monday morning, runners in the Heart of America Marathon said the cooler temperatures were great running weather.

St. Louis native Denis McCarthy, a veteran of 167 marathons, said the cooler weather was a welcome reprieve from a day earlier, when temperatures reached 95 degrees. McCarthy and other runners faced a headwind for the first 5 or 6 miles, which he said made running harder but also helped keep them cool.

Terry Robb said the headwind made him feel like he wasn't moving. He said many runners lost hats and earbuds to the headwind. Robb, who has seven prior Heart of America marathons under his belt, said the overcast skies were a big help and made for one of the better marathons he remembers.

Lisa Pass said she was glad she did not have to run in the intense heat that baked mid-Missouri last week.

"We really lucked out. It didn't get hot until about the last half-hour," she said.

McCarthy and Pass were among the first-timers at Monday's marathon. Both said they were impressed by the route and the city's reception.