LA Marathon: Could Excessive Heat Be A Runner's Kryptonite?

(FOX 11 / AP) - The Los Angeles Marathon will start 30 minutes earlier this weekend because the forecast is calling for record high temperatures.

The full field start time for Sunday's race is moving from 7:25 a.m. to 6:55 a.m.

From Hal Eisner:

65-year-old Jeff Wilson says he ran the first LA Marathon 30-years ago and many in-between. He's run in rain, snow, cold and heat, but heat is "like my kryptonite" he says as he walks into the LA Convention Center to get his bib for the race.

That Superman reference that temperatures in the 90's could be a runner's kryptonite isn't really that far-fetched. Marathon officials are warning runners to be prepared. They're started the race earlier than previously planned to take advantage of the cooler time of day. They're adding misting stations. That's a first for this marathon. The LA Fire Department is working with the other cities along the route for a joint emergency operations center. The LA Fire Department is deploying more fire engines and 32 more rescue ambulances. And Tracy Russell, the CEO of the marathon, says runners have to take personal responsibility to know what their heat tolerance is and when to slow down, have more water or electrolytes, go to a medical station or stop.

The attached video story has more on how to prepare for race day.


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Race officials will use wave starts to ensure proper spacing between runners and to make it easier to replenish supplies at aid stations early along the 26-mile route. Extra water and fluid supplies will be increased, while misting stations, cold towels and ice will be provided.

Sunday's forecast calls for a high of 86 degrees in Los Angeles, well above the average of 70 degrees.

Click here for a full list of street closures and alternate routes on race day.

Asics America, the sponsor behind the LA Marathon, will use spotlights to mark each mile of the marathon route from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica.

The lighting ceremony will begin at 8:40 p.m. Friday, and the spotlights will stay illuminated until 10:15 p.m.

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