The current weather forecast for Sunday, March 15th calls for record high heat. The weather conditions pose a high level of risk for marathoners and all participants should be advised to take precaution. Everyone who participates should strongly consider running at a slower pace than they would normally plan to run a marathon.
The ASICS LA Marathon is taking the following measures to reduce the risks:
o Moving the ‘full field’ start time 30 minutes earlier – from 7:25 am to 6:55 am o Initiating wave starts to ensure proper runner spacing and enabling more efficient replenishment of supplies at early aid stations
o Increasing the overall supply of aid, including additional water and Gatorade
Endurance Formula at all 24 aid stations o Providing ‘cooling buses’ along the course and at the finish line o Providing misting stations, cold towels and ice o Extending the length of time finish line services will be available o Providing regular updates as to additional resources added for the event
Walking on the San Clemente pier a week before running in her 67th marathon, Ann Tack McClure is difficult to distinguish from the throngs of Orange Coast sun-worshipers enjoying an early-March afternoon.
Her brightly-colored attire hardly stands out among the surfers and day-trippers who walk nearby. It does nothing to signal the battles she has fought and won in a 70-year life that is often recalled in 26.2-mile chapters. Link to read Los Angeles Times News Story http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-la-marathon-legacy-20150311-story.html
Article by ‘ Los Angeles Downtown News’