Major road races cautiously optimistic during Swine Flu scare.
Race organizers for this weekend’s Pittsburgh Marathon and Bloomsday 12k are readying themselves for possible health hazards due to the Swine Flu pandemic. With health officials cautioning people attending large festivals and gatherings, it is necessary large races need to be prepared for anything.
The Bloomsday 12k in Spokane, WA is one of the largest road races in the world, attracting over 50,000 participants annually and the Pittsburgh Marathon looks to attract 10,500 runners this year. Both races have received concerns from participants but local health officials in Spokane and Pittsburgh believe as long as people practice good hygiene there should be no reason to worry.
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