The 45th Steamboat Classic got underway smoothly Saturday morning. Then the rain started to fall in sheets, blanketing runners and spectators. The 4 mile, and 15k races started around 7:00 am and were hit with rain about 15 minutes later. The 2 mile race started at 8:00 and the rain was still coming down.
Thousands of runners and spectators still braved the wet weather and crowded Water St. downtown Peoria. Medical staff on sight said they had a rather uneventful morning with no serious injuries or health concerns.
Chris Clemons has run in the Steamboat Classic for over thirty years without missing a race. She started running after college when she started working and needed a hobby to stay active. The Steamboat Classic was her first ever race. She has run many other races since, but this one holds a special place in her heart. It’s a tradition with her family. Her daughter comes home and runs the race with mom and dad for Father’s Day. And even the rain and thunder weren’t going to stop them on this race day.