Tip 5: The Inclement Weather Policy We Hope To Never Use

As we put the final preparations in place for this year’s race, we’re 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 Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Everyone reading this should knock on wood at the same time. The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon has had only a trace of rain over the last 12 years we’ve held the event. We would love to continue that streak! But we also have to realize the weather in central Ohio can change quickly. 

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Our Board of Directors and the entire race team put the safety of participants, spectators, staff, volunteers and even members of the public first. Dangerous weather conditions pose a unique challenge to an event the size of a Marathon or ½ Marathon. Therefore we have 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. If necessary, athletes will be made aware of these conditions and possible dangers which could result on the Columbus Marathon website (www.columbusmarathon.com), as well as through other means of communication such as e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and public address announcements.

The Race Director and Medical Director, in consultation with law enforcement, fire/EMS and other officials, will monitor the weather and make a decision if any action will be taken to modify the race. Possible changes include: Altering the start time or in extreme situations, cancellation of the event. Visible lightning will cause the race to be postponed for a minimum of 15 minutes. Additional sightings will continue to delay the race in 15-minute increments.

If extremely high heat and humidity is predicted, extra water will be provided to the athletes, both prior to, during and after the event. The medical team will be alerted that athletes may require additional medical attention during and after the event due to these conditions. If it is felt that it is unsafe for participants to start the race due to severe temperatures and humidity, the race may be cancelled.

Race personnel 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.

If possible, athletes should check the marathon website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for weather updates prior to or during the race, as well as take note of the color-coded race conditions signage at each mile marker. We hope these severe weather plans never have to be used but we want you to be prepared just in case.

Have additional questions? Let us know in the comments below, or share with us on Facebook and Twitter, and we’ll be sure to get them answered!


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