HOPKINTON -- Before the start of the 116th Boston Marathon, Brian Gerhardson's was told by family and friends to ditch the costume.
"They tried to discourage me," said Gerhardson, sporting a Bollywood Party formal Indian shirt, pants, and a poofy gold turban.
Gerhardson has worn a costume in every Boston Marathon he's run. With the heat climbing to 71 degrees by 9 a.m., antsy runners were still weighing whether to defer until the 2013 race.
"The heat alone would be tough," Gerhardson said. "But the heat with the costume [will] be that much more challenging."
This is Gerhardson's 11th Boston Marathon and 29th overall.
"My name has never showed us as a registered runner, but my name has been in the news every year."
It's the costume.
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
- Ty Velde is a 16-time Boston qualifier who's completed 12 consecutive Boston Marathons and 25 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 13th Boston run and will provide training tips for those who train solo and outside, no matter what temperature it is.
- Rich 'Shifter' Horgan is a 19-time Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team member who runs in honor of his father, who died of colon cancer. He will provide updates on local running events with a focus on the charitable organizations that provide Boston Marathon entries for their organization's fund raising purposes