Ultra-Marathon Runners Face Storm in Greece

first_imgATHENS (AP) — Competitors at the Spartathlon ultra-marathon in Greece have been forced to contend with a storm buffeting Greece since before dawn on Saturday.The winner, Japan’s Yoshihiko Ishikawa, finished the 245.3 kilometer (152.4-mile) race in 22 hours, 54 minutes, 40 seconds. He was more than 42 minutes ahead of the Czech Republic’s Radek Brunner.Ishikawa, who set off from under the Acropolis at 7 a.m. local time Friday, finished early Saturday morning amid heavy rain, which had started shortly after 3 a.m.Since then conditions have only worsened, according to race spokesman Pantelis Tzertzevelis.By 3:50 p.m. local time (1250 GMT), 85 of the 387 runners had finished. About 115 more were still in the race, trying to make the cutoff time of 36 hours, which expires at 7 p.m.—By DEMETRIS NELLAS , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more