ST. CLOUD -- 60 degrees and sunny with a slight breeze made for great running conditions this (Saturday) morning.

The Earth Day Run weekend continued today (Saturday) with the Scheels Half Marathon. 

Nearly 1,400 people came out to run in the marathon.

Long time runner, Jenny Richason of St. Cloud says the weather was perfect compared to other years. In past years runners had to face everything from rain showers to freezing conditions. This year she's running part of the marathon.

"I did the half marathon last year and this year my son and I are splitting it, it'll be a little less straining." --Richason

Some rookies were running in the race. Paul Nelson of Paynesville was running in the marathon for the first time. He says he finds running very rewarding and healthy.

"I started running in November of last year, lost 65 pounds and needed a goal to keep running so this [running in the marathon] is my goal. " --Nelson

The Earth Day Run weekend was hosted by CentraCare Health.

2016 Earth Day Marathon Photo By: Chrissy Gaetke, WJON