Scottsdale Diehards Lining Up For 7 Mile Run In The Sun

Posted: Jun. 27th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

There's everything right about staying fit, but there's something unquestionably wrong about a 7 mile run under Scottsdale's burning hot sun. Evidently not enough to deter more than 1,000 runners including 78 year old Horst Schmittenberg, the searing Arizona sun bill beat down the racers relentlessly as they compete in Scottsdale's Beat The Heat race.

Horst Schmittenberg, 78, will be among the more than 1,000 runners expected to lace up in Scottsdale today to race nearly 7 miles in the heat of the afternoon.

Schmittenberg is the oldest runner to sign up for the inaugural 11.22-kilometer Scottsdale Beat the Heat Race, an event held to commemorate the Phoenix area’s hottest day on record, June 26, 1990, when temperatures peaked at 122 degrees at 2:47 p.m. The race will start precisely at that time, and temperatures are expected to hit 106 degrees.

While some doctors and trainers warn that running in such extreme temperatures can trigger heatstroke or, in rare cases, death, runners such as Schmittenberg say they can’t resist proving their mettle.


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