The Boston Marathon is being run on Monday and the weather is … not good. Really, that’s downplaying how bad it is. The city is being hit with near-freezing conditions, pelting rain and 25 mile-per-hour winds. Running 26.2 miles is bad enough — running it in this just seems like a cruel joke.
These are your #BostonMarathon conditions today
Elite women start in 1 hour pic.twitter.com/i115o9ZYyB
— Phil Murphy (@Phil_Sports) April 16, 2018
Your first reaction might be to say “I’d rather run in the rain and stay cool,” but this is far worse. Officials are preparing to deal with potential cases of hypothermia, as well as blisters and chaffing caused by the excess of rain.
Seriously, folks. A backstroker may win this thing today. #BostonMarathon #WCVB pic.twitter.com/M7ZK4Q92S7
— Josh Brogadir (@JoshBrogadirTV) April 16, 2018
It’s also hugely disappointing for runners who put in the time to qualify for the race. They had to record a time at another marathon just to be able to run in Boston, now they’re being met with this.
It’s a windy and rainy one he in Boston ahead of Marathon Monday. The temperature has been in the 30s this morning, but is expected to climb to the 40s as the day progresses. Officials are preparing for hypothermia, chafing and blisters because of the weather. #BostonMarathon pic.twitter.com/a7HdXlNpnB
— Aishwarya Kumar (@kumaraishwarya) April 16, 2018
Every forecast shows there being no chance of a turnaround. Rain forecasts show a 100 percent chance of rain until 5 p.m., and the winds will sustain too. It’s going to make things supremely difficult for runner to compete. This video of people walking down the street early Monday morning show just how bad the winds are right now, let alone the rain.
Boston Marathon pic.twitter.com/624jMKKQBu
— Alistair Cragg (@alistaircragg) April 16, 2018
The 2018 race will be the coldest since 2009, where the high only reached 47 degrees. However, there was no rain in ‘09, so the risks to runners this year are even greater. The Boston Globe published some helpful suggestions to runners who need to try and combat the rain, which included wearing plastic gloves, having someone meet you halfway with dry shoes and not wearing excess clothing.
Hopefully the competitors already have plans, because this race is going to be miserable.