July 4th Flower Show Beats the Heat

Runners endure 85-degree temperature at start of 10K Race.

The coolest thing about may have been the annual flower show while the hottest item on the agenda could have been the Rotary 10K race and 5K walk. They were both competitive. 

With temperatures in excess of 100 degrees much of the day, the flower show gave all participants a respite in the air conditioned . 


It was a different story for the runners at . The temperature when the race began with more than 100 participants at 8 a.m. was 85 degrees, according to Race Director Barry Gray. Scott Friedlander won the men’s event while Mary Beth O’Donnell took the women’s title.

O'Donnell, a Deerfield resident who has run more than 20 marathons and four ultra marathons, said Wednesday's race was the most grueling of her career. "It was tough on everyone," she said. "It's hard on your body."

In the flower show, Janet Youngberg was the overall winner with her yellow Day Lily. Sisters Ashley Kamen, 10, and Ellie Kamen, 12, were the junior division champions. 

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Thinking for the future July 06, 2012 at 03:26 PM
A little constructive criticism for the race organizers. While in general they did a wonderful job, there wasn't nearly enough water on the course. In the future, you guys need to watch the weather and adjust accordingly. This heat wasn't a surprise. Many of us relied on the kindness of residents to douse us with hoses or give us sips of water. In that dangerous heat, we really needed water every 3/4- 1 mile or more. I saw plenty of experienced runners walking or even sitting on the second loop. It was downright dangerous, and if you aren't going to cancel an event in that kind of heat, you must be prepared and must provide a safe environment.


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