- Published on Tuesday, 07 April 1998 20:22
- Written by Lesle Thomas - Special to the Town Crier
Training for a 26-mile marathon is hard enough in good weather. So imagine running during a winter of El Nino.
That's what five area residents have been facing the past several months as they prepare to run in Monday's Boston Marathon.
Pounding the pavement with wind, rain and occasional hail has added to the challenge for Alma Gonzalez, Karen Hamill, Helen Kim, Avery Walker and Mike Weber.
"Running with a little hail in your face is a lot more fun!" Weber said sarcastically.
The group has been running up to 21 miles a day in preparation for the race, considered one of the most famous marathons in the world. This year marks the 102nd running of the event, which draws competitors from around the globe.
Kim will be making her second appearance in the Boston Marathon, while the other four are going for the first time. All five qualified for the race by reaching specified times for their respective age groups in at least one other marathon.
The local contingent will leave for Boston on Friday. This gives them a few days to adjust to their new surroundings - where El Nino is not in effect.