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Babylon Village Classic 10K Dirty Sock Run draws despite heat

Runners pass through Belmont Lake State Park in

Runners pass through Belmont Lake State Park in Babylon during the Babylon Village Classic 10K Dirty Sock Run on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. Credit: James Carbone

Increasingly hot temperatures didn’t deter the hundreds of people who ran a six-mile course Sunday morning, raising money for Long Island food pantries.

Humidity only added to the grueling mid-80s weather conditions during the annual Babylon Village Classic 10K Dirty Sock Run, making it hard for participants to breathe.

“It was dangerous conditions to run in,” Tara Wilson, 39, of West Islip, said after crossing the finish line on Park Avenue near Lily Flanagan’s Pub. “It was hot, humid, tropical air, which doesn’t do much to cool you off.”

She said, “There was no air circulation and it felt like running with a 104-degree fever.”

Wilson said she rubbed ice down her neck and on different pressure points to cool off.

There were no reports of people passing out during the run, said organizer and founder Ray Auer, who also ran the race.

However, five women aided Peter Martin, 66, of Bellmore, who laid on the ground and needed an ice pack and four small cups of Gatorade shortly after crossing the finish line.

“It was very hot, I got very dizzy,” he said.

Conversely, runner Lily Brine jumped on the ground and did a round of push-ups minutes after the race.

“It was really hot. Hard to keep your temperature down,” Brine, 20, of Northport, said.

Auer said roughly $20,000 was raised for food pantries and soup kitchens across the Island.

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