CINCINNATI - Unusually high temperatures expected in Cincinnati on Sunday are prompting the Flying Pig Marathon to allow runners to defer their paid registrations for Sunday until next year, if they don't want to run in temperatures approaching or surpassing 80 degrees.
"The safety of our participants is out utmost concern," said marathon executive director Iris Simpson-Bush. "We know that some of our runners and walkers who have not trained in warmer weather may not feel comfortable participating in temperatures like we are expecting."
Forecasts for Sunday call for a temperature of 63 degrees at the 6:30 a.m. start time on Sunday. By noon, the temperature could be close to 75 degrees. Temperatures are expected to rise throughout the afternoon, which would affect slower runners and walkers.
"It's the first-time marathoners I'm going to be a little bit more concerned about. I'm sure that even knowing the temperatures are going to be a little bit higher and more humid. I'm sure people are getting a little anxious about that, too," said Cincinnati sports psychologist Dr. Barbara Walker, who is also a Flying Pig Marathon board member.
Experienced marathoner Cheehee Kim ran the Boston Marathon just last month, with a starting temperature of 81 degrees.
"You started to sweat even before you took one step, so it was pretty bad. So you have to adjust your goals and just enjoy the moment, really," Kim said.
Marathon organizers say that runners and walkers who want to defer their current registrations until next year, will need to pick up their bib packets on Friday or Saturday at the Duke Energy Convention Center and then turn them back in. Those who decide to defer their registration will not receive standard race amenities like a tote bag, technical shirt and poster.
Some tips to remain safe while running in warmer weather from the Road Runners of America Club include being sure to pre-hydrate well in advance of the race. Drink 10 to 15 ounces of fluids 15 minutes before running and then drink every 20 to 30 minutes during the route. The club also recommends trying to run in the shade whenever possible. Wear light colored and breathable clothing. Do not wear long sleeves or pants. Also, take it easy. If you feel dizzy along the way, plan to stop and take a drink.
Medical personnel will be stationed along the course for immediate treatment and first aid, if necessary.
If you do decide to run the Flying Pig on Sunday, marathon veterans do have some advice for the less experienced.
"Slow down, hydrate and set your goals and enjoy the moment. It's the Flying Pig. It's a once a year experience and people look forward to it every year," Kim said.
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