When Beating the Heat is Not Possible

July 6, 2012 Updated Jul 6, 2012 at 5:33 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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July 6, 2012 Updated Jul 6, 2012 at 5:33 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Imagine spending the day under the boiling sun pouring hundreds of pounds of concrete. That is exactly what workers are doing at MLK Park as construction continues on the new wading pool.

The heat is punishing, said Joe Ventresca, site superintendent for Man O' Trees, Inc.

"When they go home, they're tired," Ventresca said. "The heat really gets to them."

You can run from the heat, but you can not hide, said jogger James Everett, who completed a seven-mile run at Delaware Park in 88 degree weather.

"That heat really attacks you. Really takes a lot out of you," he said.

"Try to pace myself so I don't get exhausted too fast. And try to look for some warning signs -- and I take a rag along with me to wipe off the sweat," Everett said.

But there is one place where sweat comes with the territory.

Eight ovens, each running between 450 and 600 degrees, were all running Friday afternoon at Just Pizza on Elmwood Avenue.

"You gotta really earn your stripes to be back here," said owner Rudy Alloy, Jr., who said employees will often go outside to beat the heat.

"We go find a shady tree for our 15-minute and half-hour break. And believe me, sometimes that's what you have to do," he said.