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Runners overcome weather to complete Hospital Hill Run

Posted: 11:02 AM, Jun 02, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-03 03:11:19Z

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Hundreds of runners overcame rain and delays, completing the 45th Hospital Hill Run in Kansas City on Saturday. 

The annual race is coursed throughout Kansas City and known for its steep hills. 

But this year, runners faced another challenge—the weather. 

“We didn’t know if we wanted to come because it was so hot,” said Linda Smith, who participated in the 5k event. 

Originally, the 5k run was scheduled for Friday evening. Race directors decided to reschedule it for the next day because of the heat. 

But thunderstorms kept postponing the start of the race Saturday. 

“We run in rain but we don't run in lightning,” said Beth Salinger, the race director. 

Runners were able to start the race around 7:30—a half hour after their scheduled time. 

Salinger said about 6,000 participants had signed up. 

It is not currently known know how the weather affected the turn out.