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Boston Marathon 2012: High Temperatures Force Officials to Caution All Runners

HOPKINTON, MA - APRIL 18:  Runners head out during the start of the 115th Boston Marathon on April 18, 2011 in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2012

Soaring temperatures have put a sour mood on the 2012 Boston Marathon, as officials are urging those participating in the race to take it easy. 

According to CNN, the Boston Athletic Association is asking the runners to "run at a slower pace" and "frequently take breaks."

Yes, even the very fit runners. 

"This will not be a day to run a personal best," the race organizer said in its online statement. "If you choose to run, run safely above all else. Speed can kill."

Currently, the report for the Boston area states today's high will be 86 degrees. 

The temperature for the Boston Marathon is typically near the 50s. In the CNN report it stated that, "the average temperature for an April day in Boston is 47 degrees." 

That's significantly different from Monday's weather, which is exactly why race officials are taking caution. It's the smart move by the Boston Athletic Association, as the safety of those racing is what's most important. 

It's an all day event, with most of the elite runners beginning the race at various times between 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. ET. Running in dangerously high heats is not usually welcomed, but the race must go on. 

Still, nobody wants to see anyone suffer any type of injury during the big event, especially one that can be prevented by a runner just slowing down or taking a break to re-fuel. 

The sun will be shining for everyone at Patriot's Day, but the heat might be unbearable for those running, which is why there will be precautionary methods to ensure all runners know that stopping for help is OK. 

For more race info, such as all start times and the race route, click here




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