Spectators, runners brave the cold for Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10k

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Many spectators will brave the cold early Saturday morning to cheer on the more than 37,000 runners at the Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10k.

Disposable gloves were hot sellers Friday night as runners prepared for the big event. Experts say the cold shouldn't be a problem, at least for those on the course.

For the fifth year in a row, Crystal Cupp will run alongside her mom at the 10k. She was sure not to forget an important accessory.

"The last thing I threw in my bag before I left my house was my winter running gloves I had put away, and when I picked momma up I said, do you have your gloves," said Cupp.

A last minute purchase for many other runners.

"We're just looking for disposable gloves you can buy," said Rob Thompson at the race expo.

"I don't think a lot of people have watched the weather because they're asking us what the temperature is supposed to be. They're surprised when we say 35 they react and pick up a pair," said Jason Corby with National Running Center, one of the vendors.

"I thought it was going to be a little warmer ,so if it is in the 30's I'll wear the gloves because it keeps my fingers warmer, and they're easy to take off," said Sandi Holahan.

Bart Yasso with Runner's World Magazine says the conditions will be just right for runners. He says you can dress in layers that are easy to peel off, but shorts and thin long sleeve T-shirts should be fine too.

"Running a 10k your body will feel 20 degrees warmer than it really is, so if it's 35 degrees at the start to your body it will feel like 55 degrees once you start running," said Yasso.

Spectators should move around also to help stay warm.

"A lot of coffee is going to go down; warm coffee feel pretty good tomorrow before the race and after the race," said Yasso.

No worries for Cupp and her mom.

"While we know we're going to be cold at the beginning we're looking forward to it," said Cupp.

Even though it will be cold, Yasso doesn't think there will be a shortage of spectators at tomorrow's race.

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