Extreme Heat Hits New York City As Triathlon Kicks Off

July 01, 2018 - 11:23 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- It’s the first day of July and it’s also the hottest day of the year.

Summer is in full swing today with temperatures reaching nearly 100 degrees with an excessive heat warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Monday morning.

New York City’s Office of Emergency Management is recommending getting to a cooling center or staying indoors, but with the New York City triathlon kicking off early Sunday, thousands will be filling the streets of New York despite the heat warnings.

The race kicked off at around 6 a.m. with a swim down the Hudson River. Athletes emerged from the water to run around Central Park and then finished with a bike ride to the Bronx and back.

Taking part in the event is the family of Karina Vetrano, the jogger who was murdered in Spring Creek Park in Howard Beach two years ago.

Karina’s father, Phil Vetrano, along with her uncle and cousin are all competing in the race to honor her memory.

Her father spoke to the Daily News early Sunday saying it’s important for him and his family to keep his daughter’s memory alive.

The Vetrano family has been active in the aftermath of Karina’s death and has been urging the state to allow DNA from crime scenes to be matched with potential family members of suspects.

They have also put together a scholarship in Karina’s name.