Tip #22: Plan Ahead for Weather!

As we put the final preparations in place for this year’s race, we’ll be sharing “26 Tips for 26.2 Miles” to make sure you’re ready to go on race day. Click here to read them all, or follow along on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram.

Tip 22 - WeatherIf you’ve ever visited Ohio for more than a day at a time, you know the weather here can be a bit unpredictable. Want to be as comfortable as possible during the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon? Follow today’s tip: Grab your shades and wear extra layers so you’re prepared for whatever Mother Nature has in store on race day.

In the past, the weather has been extremely cooperative (having said that, let’s collectively knock on wood that 2013 doesn’t break the streak!). On average, temperatures are in the low-to-mid forties at the beginning of the race with some cloud coverage and in the mid-to-upper fifties and sunny by the end. However, we highly recommend checking the forecast in the days leading up to the event to plan your wardrobe.

We recommend bringing sunglasses in case it gets sunny, a high-tech athletic shirt to keep you dry from sweat and a few layers so you can shed clothing as you warm up. Also, keep in mind that any extra clothes you leave behind in the first mile or so will be collected and donated to Goodwill. Still unsure what to wear? Here are a few suggestions from other runners.

Inclement Weather Policy
As we’ve said before, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon puts the safety of its participants, spectators, staff and volunteers first. That’s why we’ve adopted the following Inclement Weather Policy:

Weather forecasts will be monitored prior to the event, with special attention placed on the possibility of heavy rain, thunder and lightning, high winds and extreme temperatures. We’ll update our website, plus make announcements on Facebook, Twitter and email, if any of these conditions could result in possible dangers for participants. Race Director Darris Blackford and Medical Director Dr. Darrin Bright will consult with the police, fire/EMS and other officials if any action must be taken to modify the race (Click here for additional details). Race personnel also reserve the right to delay, cancel or suspend the race due to inclement weather; Participants MUST abandon the race if ordered to do so by the race personnel, medical staff, fire or police personnel.

Color-Coded Emergency Flags
A new, four-color flag system will be used to provide information on weather conditions and emergency situations this year. Please pay attention to the flags at all fluid stations, as well as the Start Line and Finish Line.

  • Green = Good
  • Yellow = Caution
  • Red = Potentially Dangerous
  • Black = Event Cancelled, Dangerous Conditions

Have questions about the Inclement Weather Policy or how to prepare for various weather scenarios? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!

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