Cold temperatures didn’t stop BG 26.2 Marathon runners

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – It was a frosty cold start on Sunday but the temperatures didn’t stop the runners from showing up for the BG 26.2 Marathon. About 150 runners showed up for the full marathon, 425 ran in the half marathon and 100 more runners showed up for the six-K run.

This is the eighth year for the race, and marathon officials said there were more runners this year than in 2018. While the total amount of money raised won’t be known until sometime next month, the race did raise more than last year, and the money goes toward finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.

Lilly Riherd, the race director, said her inspiration to form the BG 26.2 came about after her sister’s death from MS. She said the committee presented the idea to the city of Bowling Green and from there the idea progressed to a reality.

After the races were concluded, winners were recognized at a trophy presentation.