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Everyone from first responders to runners battle hottest temperatures of year

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -

While some people are turning up the air conditioning to beat the heat inside, others are out braving the extreme temperatures.

It felt like 99 degrees along Southern Parkway on Thursday night, but 150 runners still put up with the heat for a mile-long race.

"There are very few summer races because it is so hot," said Michael Clemons with the Louisville Sports Commission.

The Louisville Active Parkway Mile is a new race and part of the Louisville Sports Commission's initiative to keep people active year-round.

"While it's still hot and still nasty out here, there's a lot of ways they can still have  a great time," Clemons said

Even though it was a shorter race, Louisville Water Company's water stations kept runners from getting dehydrated.

"We're here just to hydrate and make sure everyone has a good time," said Kelley Dearing Smith with the Louisville Water Company.

First responders are taking precautions, too. Firefighters had extra water coolers on hand when a fire broke out at a home near Seneca Park.

"We do a lot of pre-planning in our profession, and that pre-planning for us is hydration," said Salvador Melendez with Louisville Fire & Rescue.

Because of the extreme heat, Metro Parks is offering pool discounts for the rest of the season. Kids can get in for $1 and adults can get in for $2.

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