Marathon Runners Anticipate Record Warmth

BUFFALO,N.Y.(WIVB) — While the heat and humidity are a welcome sign of summer to some, the timing couldn’t be worse for those running in the Buffalo Marathon this Sunday.

80 – The temperature when the majority of runners cross the finish line Sunday.

26.2 – The amount of miles runners competing in the Buffalo Marathon will travel in the heat.

4 – The average amount of time it takes to run a marathon.

Runners around town are preparing for the big day. More than usual they are thinking about staying cool and hydrated.

Isabella Zuroski, a competitor in the marathon, has been preparing since January. She says, “I’m just definitely thinking about hydration more than I normally would. Even starting a couple of days ago, my best friend is running the full marathon too, so we’ve been reminding each other to stay hydrated.”

Dana Dobinski, assistant manager of Fleet Feet Buffalo, agrees staying hydrated is key. “Hydrate pretty well this week. If they haven’t already started, start drinking as much water as you can. Start adding some electrolytes like Nuun or any sort of hydration product to their water to help retain that liquid.”

In addition to water and hydration, a lot of shoppers were out getting last minute outfits to help combat the heat. One tip that Dobinski had was stay away from cotton.

“Cotton is rotten is the fun saying, but a nice polyester material will help wick any moisture away. It will help cool your body down as you’re exercising,”

A nice outfit will help runners to stay cool, but organizers of the Buffalo Marathon are also taking extra measures to keep people safe. In addition to the EMT they normally have on scene they’re providing something else.

Dobinski says, “They have vans, air conditioned vans that will be at certain water stops to cool off runners that may have overheated. They also have extra water at water stops. They have trucks on standby to refill so nobody runs out of water.”

It’s important to remember when heading out tomorrow to stay safe.

Zuroski says, “Know that it might not be the day for a stand out PR but it seems like the people with the marathon have a great heat and hydration plan in place, and it seems like everything is ready to go.”

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