The weather break in the race affected the number of runners who finished. Only 88 officially completed the marathon, one of the lowest number since the race began in 1996. Some full marathoners and 20-milers were diverted to finish early, boosting half marathon finishes to 525.
Officials worked to secure the course after lighting appeared and heavy rains mixed with hail. One runner on pace for a 5-hour full marathon described the sky growing darker, then seeing lighting flash before coming upon a large truck blocking the road. Buses were lined up and the runners were told to get on. Wet and chilled, they waited until the storm passed (about 15 minutes) before they could return to running. But when they reached the half-marathon, some were directed to finish instead of continuing on the full marathon loop.
The 20-mile also saw an all-time-low completion. Twenty-five official finishers were led by Chris Strub. The 36-year-old finished in 2:21:57 after he flew in from Greenville, South Carolina, and chronicled his journey on social media. James Smadbeck, 35, of Rochester followed in 2:22:27. Goodhue’s Andy McNamara finished third 10 minutes later. Local runner Katelyn Bauman, 28, won the 20-mile race for the women in 3:23:32. She was followed by Mayo Clinic cytotechnology student Mikayla Chadbourn, 25, from nearby Eyota (3:24:11) and 47-year-old Anna Sanchez (3:25:14), also of Rochester.
Other 20-mile runners were segued into the half marathon after getting off the buses and back on the course. Some participants complained that they were sent mixed messages—that the race was cancelled though people could still attempt a finish. Still, most entrants posted appreciation on social media sites, thanking the organizers for making safety a priority.