Chill, flooded route greet Lansing marathoners

By: Associate Press Email
By: Associate Press Email

Sub-freezing temperatures, heightened security concerns and a course rerouted to avoid a flooded section of the Lansing River Trail have failed to stand in the way of a successful Lansing Marathon.

Race organizers dedicated Sunday's race in Michigan's capital city to victims of the Boston marathon bombing six days earlier.

Lansing's temperature stood at 28 degrees at the race's 8 a.m. start time but had risen to 41 degrees by mid-day.

Organizers say they had to change 10.5 miles of the 26.2-mile course because of Cedar River flooding. The original course incorporated 14 miles of the Lansing River Trail, but that had to be cut to 3.5 miles.

The Lansing State Journal reports that Scott Kentner was the first male finisher and Jana Sevlacek was the first woman.

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