Observing the scene in Jaws for the 20 minutes I was in there, the droppers fell into two general categories. In the first category were those runners who, for whatever reason, were unprepared for the conditions and arrived in Jaws cold, wet, and suffering. The cases of hypothermia at this aid station were significantly higher than in past years and in most situations these runners simply could not warm up sufficiently to continue. In the second category were those runners who simply gave up immediately upon their arrival at Jaws. As I sat there, I saw at least 10 runners stumble into the tent, walk over to the table, rip their bib numbers off, and drop out. In these cases it appeared to me that the runners’ minds were made up long before they arrived.
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