Madison Marathon cancelled due to heat concerns

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MADISON (AP) — This weekend’s Madison Marathon was called off because of heat concerns.

Organizers say weather forecasts for Sunday, May 27th showed conditions in the “danger zone” by 10 a.m. and an “extreme danger” was expected by noon. They cancelled the race based on guidelines from the American College of Sports Medicine.

The half marathon was held, and full marathon participants were entered in that
race.

Race director Keith Peterson says that based on numbers from 2010 — when runners were affected by heat — organizers believe only one percent of marathoners would be able to complete Sunday’s race if it was held.

Last Sunday, the Cellcom Marathon in Green Bay was halted because of heat and humidity. About 20 runners were taken to the hospital.

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