Illinois Marathon Canceled Mid-Way Through Race

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CHAMPAIGN-URBANA--Saturday morning's thunder storms brought the 2015 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon to an abrupt end mid-way through the race.

Organizers canceled the run around 10:15 AM after reports of lightning in the area.

They urged all runners still on the course to seek shelter in near-by homes, while police and buses were dispatched to pick up those on more remote parts of the route.

Despite the warnings, many continued to complete what they had started, saying it made crossing the finish line all the more worth it.

"It was challenging," said half-marathon runner, Anthony Ognibeni. "It was cold, windy. But, you know, I've run marathons in this weather before. Just par for the course: it rains on race day."

The rain didn't stop David Tuwei either. This year's winner completed the 26.2 mile trek in just under two hours and 24 minutes.
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