The 2012 Boston Marathon is underway and the runners are facing a lot of problems due to the extreme temperature. Every year, many participants compete in the annual Boston Marathon. It is hosted by the U.S. city of Boston, Massachusetts, on Patriots' Day, the third Monday of April.
The Boston Marathon attracts almost 500,000 spectators each year, making it New England's most widely viewed sporting event, but, this year, the turnout is much lesser. According to weather experts, the situation will get worse today.
Today, when the wheelchair racers left Hopkinton for the start of the race at 9:17 a.m. ET, the mercury was hitting 69 degrees. Later during the day the temperature rose to 71 when the women started running and by the time everyone got settled the temperature had risen by another 2 degrees.
The heat is affecting participant’s performance and it is quite evident, as all the racers are running slower than usual. The organizers are trying their best to facilitate participants. They have provided five-gallon jugs of water along the route. Many volunteers and medical staff had reportedly prepared themselves to cater to dehydrated runners.
This isn’t the first time that the temperature is so high on the marathon day. Prior to this particular race, back in 1909, the temperature soared to a record high of 97 degrees and a similar anomaly happened in 1997, when the temperature soared to a 100 degrees. The 1997 race was won by Jack Fultz, who was cooled down with garden hoses after crossing the finishing line.
Race organizers had warned people about the hazards of extreme temperatures and also requested weak racers not to compete. Those who were physically weak to bear such a harsh temperature had the option to defer their entry to the next year. According to a news report by LA Times, Boston Athletic Assn. executive director Tom Grilk said about this year’s Boston Marathon, “Only the fittest runners should consider running. The risks that you'll see tomorrow are simply greater than normal.”
Despite a lot of heat and soaring temperature, almost 27,000 adrenaline junkies are running in this year’s Boston Marathon.