Akron, OH (June 23, 2023) — The Akron Marathon Race Series presented by Summa Health has sent a weather advisory and tips for running in the rain to its runners participating in the National Interstate 1 Mile on June 23, 2023, at 7 p.m. and its 8k on Saturday, June 24, 2022, at 7:30 a.m.
The National Weather Service is forecasting scattered showers with a chance of thunderstorms. Race officials have been and will continue to be in regular communication with the National Weather Service, and if the current forecast holds true, the temperature for the duration of the event will be mid-70s.
Saturday’s race day forecast is calling for 62 degrees at the start increasing to 69 degrees at course closure. The National Weather Service is forecasting scattered showers with a low chance of thunderstorms beginning at 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
“Providing a safe race for all is our top priority, but it is Ohio weather,” states Anne Bitong, president of the Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation. “We know our running community, and no matter the weather, they will bring their energy this weekend, show up for each other, and make it an unforgettable morning/evening of running. Should there be severe weather in the area, race organizers will delay the race in 15-minute increments for up to 1 hour.”
In the Akron Marathon race series history, its races have never been canceled due to weather.
Akron Marathon Medical Director, Dr. Shah, suggests, “If there are thunderstorms during the race, please follow the instructions of the Marathon staff to help you seek shelter,” said Shah. “For the rain, the best thing to do is to just enjoy the refreshing rain, but make sure to use an anti-chafing balm.”
For more information about the Akron Marathon Race Series presented by Summa Health, please visit AkronMarathon.org.