Runners Brave Heat To Honor Veterans At Memorial Day Ridge Run

Nancy Harty
May 28, 2018 - 11:10 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Runners braved the Memorial Day heat to honor American veterans at the annual Ridge Run in Beverly Monday. 

In addition to medals for participating, many runners got bags of ice to put on their heads upon completing the 41st annual run.

Sue Flood, executive director of the Beverly Area Planning Association, said they tripled the amount of ice, doubled the available water and doubled the amount of medical staff in light of the heat.

“We asked the community the help out with sprinklers and additional water in front of their homes.," she said. 

One runner said he had no problem with the heat, since his training involved trips to the sauna.  

While many runner wear sweat wicking, high tech shirts, Chrissy was sporting a great cotton t-shirt that said “Marines.”

It belonged to her veteran father who used to run the Memorial Day Ridge Run with her. Now she is carrying on the tradition with her 12-year-old daughter, Vicky, who she encouraged to take precautions in the heat.

“I’ve been telling her, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate," she said. "And sunblock. And they do take the hose and squirt you along the route, so that helps.”

WBBM Newsradio/Nancy Harty