Officials are offering deferrals for safety purposes.
First it was the Boston Marathon and now, this weekend, hot weather will be striking the Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati.
Temperatures are expected to be in the 80s, which is prompting race organizers to allow safety-conscious runners the chance to defer their race entry until next year.
“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.”
The race starts at 6:30 a.m. At that time, temperatures should be in the 60s, but will rise steadily throughout the morning.
Runners interested in deferring until next year still need to pick up their race packets on Friday or Saturday at the Duke Energy Convention Center. They will then need to turn them back in. Deferred runners will not receive that standard “race goodies” such as technical tee shirt, tote bag, and poster.
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