Rough Weather Impacts Crowds, Runners At Boston Marathon

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(Karyn Regal/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- With steady rain, a brisk breeze, and temperatures just above freezing, most of the Boston Marathon course was desolate on Marathon Monday.

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The adverse weather was impacting spectators and runners alike--and doctors and nurses manning the medical tent expected many runners to need help after finishing one of the most challenging marathons in years.

In Wellesley, where fewer spectators than usual came out to cheer runners at the "scream tunnel," Wellesley Police tweeted that they were assisting several runners with medical issues related to the cold and rain.

At the finish line, there were only a handful of hearty souls out to await the arrival of runners.

Security remained tight on the fifth anniversary of the 2013 marathon bombings.

"With the weather, we are expecting less crowds," said Boston Police Superintendent William Ridge. "Along with the cancellation of the Red Sox game, it kind of helps us out actually with our crowd control situations."

But on the other hand, the weather created safety issues--and it didn't seem likely to let up, with heavier rain coming in the afternoon.

"We also have concerns for our public safety personnel and the volunteers from the BAA being out there for an extended period of time in these conditions," Ridge said.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Mike Macklin reports

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