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Hosing down runners

Water zapped marathon runners' time chips

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As some runners in Saturday's 33rd Grandma's Marathon poured water on themselves to keep cool, they inadvertently disabled chips attached to their shoes that were meant to record finishing times.

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That's the evaluation of John Magnuson of St. Paul, owner of ChampionChip Minnesota, a company contracted by Grandma's Marathon since 2001. He said marathon officials and his company have been contacted by about 150 runners whose times were not immediately available after the race.

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