2015 Boston Marathon Weather Update

Contact Info:
T.K. Skenderian (Communications Director)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116
e-mail:tk@baa.org
18 APR 2015
The early forecasts for the 119th Boston Marathon on April 20, 2015, are showing the potential for rain and cooler temperatures as the day progresses.

Boston Marathon Runners,

As we all know, New England weather can change from day to day. In preparation for Monday’s race, we offer some basic advice to run your best on Monday. Follow these guidelines to run efficiently, maintain a healthy body temperature and keep yourself safe. Running in every type of weather presents its own challenges. Cold weather running is no exception.

Proper attire is vital to successful cold weather running. Wear the correct amount of clothes. Too little clothing is risky, while too much clothing is cumbersome.

During exercise the body heats up quickly. Dress for a temperature that is slightly warmer than the temperature outside.

Dress in layers and avoid bulky outer clothing. The innermost layer should be thin, comfortable and fairly tight fitting. Several thin layers trap the warm air and work better at keeping us warm than one thick cover. The outer layer should be waterproof and wind resistant.

Cover your head and hands. Heat escapes through uncovered body parts. Wearing long sleeves, gloves and a knit hat can reduce heat loss.

Stay warm before the race while you are waiting in the Athletes’ Village in Hopkinton.  Warm sweatpants, a sweatshirt or jacket, along with a hat and gloves will make your wait that much more comfortable.  You can discard these items before your run if needed.

Don’t forget to drink. 

In cold weather, it’s easy—and unsafe—to overlook your fluid needs. Your body is still sweating, so replenish your fluids appropriately. The rule of thumb during exercise is to drink when you feel thirsty and no more than one cup (8 ounces) of fluid every 20 minutes. While racing in the cold, slow down a bit more than usual at drink stations to avoid spilling liquid on your gloves. 

Having an exit plan after you cross the finish line is a must.  The area around Copley Square and Boston Common can become windy and colder than what you may experience on the course – especially if we have a sea breeze.  
Once you have received your medal, water, and food, find a way to stay warm – a change of clothing and using the Boston Marathon poncho is a great start.

Develop an exit strategy from the finish line area with your support staff and stick to it. Remember, if it is cold and rainy, they will need to find a warm dry place as well.

Meet your friends and family as soon as possible, then find a warm, dry location – by doing so both of these post-race steps will help maintain your body core temperature and prevent hypothermia.

We hope you have a safe and enjoyable run on Monday.

Sincerely,

The Boston Marathon Medical Team

B.A.A. Moment

2015 Boston Marathon Weather Update

The early forecasts for the 119th Boston Marathon on April 20, 2015, are showing the potential for rain and cooler temperatures as the day progresses.

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