WICHITA, Kan. -

Record-breaking temperatures weren't enough to keep thousands of runners from hitting the pavement for the Prairie Fire Half Marathon in Wichita Sunday morning.

About 2,000 runners combined turned out for the various races on Sunday. Although the half marathon kicked off about 7:30 that morning, it wasn't long before the heat started taking its toll on runners.

"This is an unseasonably warm day," said social media manager for Prairie Fire Marathon Lacy Hansen. "I think it impacted the times, it impacted mine for sure."

"It didn't bother me too much until the latter part of the race," added runner Geniece Bargar. "The last couple miles were pretty brutal."

Hansen said it was unusual for runners to have to deal with the heat this early in the year.

"I would maybe expect this sort of heat in September, but maybe not the first of May," she said.

Regardless, medics at the race were prepared and ready to react if anyone got too hot. There were multiple aid stations throughout the 13.1 mile race where runners could stop and refuel with water or gatorade. They also had more liquids, fresh fruit and foil blankets ready for runners at the end of the race.

"This is the first time for some people, a lot of people and they may not be familiar with it so we did as much as we could to make them aware that this could be a little more difficult that their training," added Hansen. "So we just try to make them aware and take the precautions necessary."

But even when not running in a race, seasoned runners advise all runners to know how to handle the heat. Try to run earlier in the morning instead of during the heat of the day. It's also important not just to drink water. As it gets hotter outside, Hansen said, it's important to also drink things with electrolytes like Gatorade to help your body rehydrate and refuel. Most importantly, know your body and how it reacts.

"You just have to read your body,” said Hansen. “We put out warnings at the race, like, pay attention if you start feeling confused or dizzy. Stop, slow down because none of this is ever worth somebody getting hurt.”

The Prairie Fire full marathon is scheduled for October 12, 2014.