AKRON, Ohio — The Akron Marathon is under a weather alert due to warm temperatures.
If the current forecast remains, temperatures at the start of the race will be in the high 60s and are expected to reach the high 70s for the majority of the race. Temps could reach as high as 85 degrees for the last two hours of the race.
Marathon organizers posted a weather alert guide for marathon runners that included a chart for runners to adjust their pace based on the heat. They noted that every runner should consider their level of fitness and adjust accordingly. The race will start in the "Green/Good Conditions" column, but will move to "Yellow/Moderate Alert" level. The marathon's medical team recommends runners slow their pace on race day.
All runners should familiarize themselves with the color-coded Event Alert System below, and stay alert for directions from race officials, announcers and volunteers.
Due to the forecast, there will be several changes to this year's race, including:
- 2-misting stations will be added at Miles 19.6 and 23.6
- Ice sponges will be available at all Aid Stations along the course
- Heatsheets/Mylar blankets will not be distributed at the Finish Line after 12:00 p.m.
Marathon organizers provided these tips for staying hydrated and avoiding illness, from the American College of Sports Medicine:
1. Drink 8-10 ounces of water or sports drink 2-3 hours before the race to make sure you are properly hydrated before arriving at the starting line.
2. 10-20 minutes before the race, drink another 8 ounces of water or sports drink.
3. Just before the race, your urine should look like lemonade; clear means that you are overhydrated.
4. During the race, drink 6-8 ounces of water or sports drink every 15-20 minutes.
5. Do not drink: fruit juices, sodas, energy drinks, or beverages with carbohydrate levels higher than 8-10%. Also, avoid caffeine-containing beverages, alcohol, and carbonation since they can lead to dehydration and thereby increase the risk for heat illness.
6. If you develop cramps in the legs, stop and try to stretch. Drink sports drinks only. Seek aid for help with cramps that do not respond to these measures
Race organizers also said to be alert for these signs that you are dehydrated and at risk for serious heat illness: Thirst, headache across the temples, irritability, weakness, dizziness, nausea, decreased performance.