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Vermont Marathon Runners Expect Ideal Weather

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 24, 2013
  • Updated May. 24, 2013 at 8:08 AM UTC
Regardless of the weather, one practice should remain constant during a race: Hydration. Photo: Burlington Free Press

Race-day conditions should be perfect for racers.

If you run 26.2 miles, you are no stranger to weather forecasts. And at this weekend’s Vermont City Marathon in Burlington, many competitors are hoping that the weatherman doesn’t change things on them.

According to an article in the Burlington Free Press, conditions are expected to be near-ideal at the annual race with cool temperatures and low humidity — just what marathoners hope for.

Still, the cool temperatures can be deceiving for runners. Family physician Sahmon Fallahian, a marathoner and ultra marathoner, says that athletes can be deceived by the optimal conditions and therefore not hydrate as they should.

“Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate during a marathon,” he advises. “I hydrate every 15 minutes and will alternate between water and sports drinks.”

Despite the relatively cool temps, medical staff are prepared for the worst with nearly 100 professionals ready to assist runners.

In the 2006 and 2011 editions of the race, temperatures soared into the 80s, making things particularly challenging for race staff.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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