Wichita runners hit the street in spite of bitter cold

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Nearly 400 runners braved the sub-zero temperatures for today's 5K and half marathon through downtown Wichita.  Many of their runners saw their sweat turn to ice.  "I don't know if it's frozen sweat or frozen tears, cause it's so cold out here! I think this is the coldest run I've ever been on in 10 years of doing this," said Brandon Rockers.

The runners came prepared, wearing ski masks, gloves and lots of layers. 

Race organizers say the event is more than your typical morning run.  "A lot of people are here,  friends seeing each other for the first time this year, it's just a lot of fun to see," said Patrick Todd.   

Runners believed seeing those friendly faces gave them the motivation they needed to complete the frigid race.  "It just took a little while to get warmed.  With everybody out here it's hard to stop running,"  said Rebecca Ignowski.  

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