RUNNING MAN: Brett Hall trains six days a week and will head off to the Statslater this month for the Boston Marathon.
RUNNING MAN: Brett Hall trains six days a week and will head off to the Statslater this month for the Boston Marathon. Renee Pilcher

Gympie dad finishes Boston Marathon in freezing conditions

GYMPIE dad and vet practice manager Brett Hall competed in the 116th Boston Marathon in the United States yesterday, overcoming freezing conditions, foreign terrain and recent surgery.

The 45-year-old marathon runner began the 42km race outside of Boston in Hopkinton at 9am Monday, US time.

He finished the race in 3hrs 20mins 16 secs.

Hall had previously told The Gympie Times he expected to run in six or seven degree conditions but this year was a lot colder.

Heavy snowfall in Boston before the event saw the temperature plummet to one degree.

Hall's wife Tania, speaking from Boston, said her husband faced rain, strong head winds and steep hills in the near freezing conditions.

"That's on top of gout and kidney stone surgery only four weeks ago," she said.

Tania said she was very emotional during the race.

"I cried at the start and the finish because I had watched so many videos of the event."

She said the event attracts 30,000 competitors, 10,000 volunteers and one million supporters who cheer the runners on.

Hall's legs went numb towards the end of the race and Tania thought he might be suffering from hypothermia, as conditions got colder nearing the finish line.

"All was good; he was happy with his time considering the weather and is feeling great now," Mrs Hall said.

Tania was not only Brett's support but made a record of her own in the 5km event with a time of 13mins 22 secs.

The pair also attended the after party held in Fenway Park baseball grounds.

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