Record-breaking number of runners took on the Dallas Marathon



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Posted on December 9, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 9 at 11:37 PM

DALLAS - Most runners got in early for the Metro PCS Dallas Marathon. They survived the early morning traffic jams. At first organizers thought about delaying the race but it went off on time.

The marathoners took to the streets of downtown.

Spectators enjoyed staying dry this year. 

"This is bliss compared to last year," said Lisa Roberts. "It was miserable to watch it last year."

The new route took marathoners onto the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. The full marathon was 26.2 miles through Dallas. 

Vladimir Safranov breezed through to the finish line. He won the men's division.

"I'm very happy. Thank you very much," said Safranov who finished with a time of 2 hours, 19 minutes. 

And the young woman from Belarus, Nastassia Padalinskya, won in the women's.

"I'm very tired, but I'm happy I win," said Padalinskya.

Organizers estimated nearly 25,000 marathoners competed this year, a record for the marathon.

The temperatures were in the 60's for much of Sunday's race. Dallas Fire-Rescue treated about 40 people. Paramedics took 13 runners to the hospital for issues related to running long distances.