Predicted hot and humid weather for Sunday has prompted organizers of the Madison Marathon to cancel the full course portion of the annual race. The 26.6 mile race will not be offered, but the half marathon will move forward as planned on Sunday morning.
Race organizer Keith Peterson says similar decisions were made in 2006 and 2010. He says making the call now just keeps them from having to call off the race halfway through the event.
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Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-90s by noon on Sunday, which officials say is in the “extreme danger zone” when humidity is also taken into account. Peterson says that could put the health of all runners at risk.
Those who signed up to run in the full marathon will be given the option of running in the half. They will also receive a $20 credit towards the 2013 Madison Marathon.
Chandra Lynn, WIBA