Today is Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts, otherwise known as Marathon Monday to many in Boston. A unique situation has developed over the past few days, as the forecast indicates temperatures reaching the high 80s tomorrow.
Because of the sheer number of runners participating in the Boston Marathon, there are several wave starts. The elite runners will take off at 9:00 a.m., with the last wave taking off at 10:40 a.m—when the temperature is expected to be in the upper 70s. By the time the last wave finishes, temperatures will most likely be in the mid to upper 80s.
Due to the heat concerns this year, the B.A.A. (group that operates the Boston Marathon) decided to allow entered runners to defer their entry to the next year if they are concerned about the hot conditions.
If a runner chooses to defer entry to the 2013 race, however, he/she will have to pay the entry fee again for the 2013 race. Additionally, he/she must pick up his/her bib number– though he/she CANNOT start the race). This will pose an interesting situation when registration opens for the 2013 Boston Marathon.
It has to be a really tough decision for those who have paid for travel, accommodations, etc. Do you run knowing that you may have not have a great race, despite having worked your tail off to qualify? However, if you choose the deferral option, you are out another couple hundred dollars for registration next year.
I have a really tough time running in hot conditions, so I think it would be a tough decision for me. What would you do?