BOSTON -- From the amazing to the inspirational, the Boston Marathon did it again -- despite our nasty weather.
More than 30,000 runners started the race in Hopkinton just after 10 a.m. Monday, but nearly 3,000 of them did not finish due to medical reasons.
The Boston Athletic Association says 2,527 participants were treated along the race course, with 95 percent of the medical issues being caused by the cold weather.
In addition, the Wellesley Police Department treated about 130 patients.
“Low body temperature. The minute these runners stop their core temperatures drop quite precipitously.
This Chinese #bostonmarthon runner’s dream: to race in #marathons in different countries each year! She and other runners survived the cold and torrential rain! @boston25 @bostonmarathon @WFXTMalini pic.twitter.com/pKdAgvNbHo— Chetan Rakieten (@chetanrakieten) April 17, 2018
So there are a lot of cold unpleasant people,” the race’s medical director said.
Emma Chen came to race in Boston from China. She finished in just under four hours.
“It was the most difficult marathon for me. The condition, heavy rain, strong wind,” she said.
Chicky Compagnone ran Monday’s race at 69 years old, but struggled to explain just how it felt.
“There are no words for it. Paralyzed, that’s it, the cold. It’s so cold that your parts don’t work anymore,” she said.
Emotional moments cap frigid Boston Marathon day
However, among the dreary weather and masses of runners there were many bright moments.
Carlos Arredondo, a Boston Marathon bombing here known for his iconic cowboy hat, crossed the line five years after helping save the lives of runners and spectators.
“I saw along the way many survivors and I was very happy to see them. So it was a blessing,” he said.
Bombing survivor Patrick Downes also completed the course Monday on a handcycle five years after losing a leg.
“I am so proud of us being able to move along despite a really hard five years, but we did it as a team, as a community, and that's really the only way to do it,” he said.
Runner Nicole Hamilton of Braintree finished the race and got an even bigger surprise.
“I was hugging everybody and crying a little and then and somebody was like turn around and then he was down on one knee,” she said.
5 years after evil devastated this city, strength and love win. The stories and special moments of #BostonMarathon heroes, survivors, activists and this newly engaged couple on @boston25 at 10 and 11! pic.twitter.com/b3dzCh0GQE— Christine McCarthy (@ChristineMNews) April 17, 2018
The proposal from Gerard Egan was caught on camera.
“I don’t know if I’ll ever have a better day in my whole life,” Hamilton said.
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