Beating the Heat at Canal Fest

July 21, 2011 Updated Jul 21, 2011 at 11:31 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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July 21, 2011 Updated Jul 21, 2011 at 11:31 PM EDT

TONAWANDA, NY (WKBW) - A four mile run might not sound like the best way to spend the evening under the hot sun and sweltering temperatures, but that is exactly how hundreds spent their Thursday evening in Tonawanda.

Runners went on a four mile race through the Tonawandas to celebrate Canal Fest.

Organizers wanted to shorten the distance due to the heat, but said the runners urged them to keep the race at four miles.

Extra precautions were taken to help keep runners safe and cool.