SPRING LAKE — Uncharacteristic September heat threatened to derail the Mercy Health Oktoberfest Marathon on Saturday, but a resilient group of athletes stuck it out and beat the heat in Spring Lake.

The race went off without a hitch, as 371 runners took on three race courses; a 5k, half-marathon and full marathon, with no major incidents. Despite temperatures upwards of 90 degrees, the race saw increased participation.

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