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Donna 26.2 runners brace for cold race

JACKSONVILLE, Fla---For the second year in a row, runners are facing another cold race to the finish line for the 26.2 with Donna The National Marathon to Fight Breast Cancer.

"Our feet were frozen, they were numb before we started and it took like about five miles for them to have feeling again," said Mary Olson, a runner from Tampa.

Olson is running Donna's 26.2 for the second year in a row and after experiencing 20-degree like weather during last year's race, she knows what to expect this year.

"We'll be freezing again tomorrow," said Olson.

The key to keeping warm is to layer up and runners got on that track Saturday by picking up some extra clothing at Donna's 26.2 Health and Fitness Expo.

 "You can't wear too many layers though because after about 10 or 15 minutes of running you will get warm, you'll see people peeling their clothes off as the run goes on," said Leigh Jacobs, a runner from Jacksonville.

Layers will come off during the race Sunday, but for Saturday night, people are bundling up, especially the less fortunate.

"I've been staying at the Rescue Mission by the bus station and some nights if I don't get in there I sleep just right around there on the ground," said Jared Owens, homeless.

But with temperatures dipping down into the low 30s, Jared Owens, 20,  gets to stay at the cold night shelter at The Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless.

"I think they have mats on the floor and I get to go in and sleep there and hopefully stay warm," said Owens. "I feel very grateful, I have my socks on my hands to keep warm."

The cold weather does pose a challenge to all, but for some like Deborah Passetti and her sisters, the challenge is to finish breast cancer.

"I've had 21 chemo treatments and I'm doing great, so this year they're running for me," said Deborah Passetti, from Tallahassee.


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