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Sunny and warm forecast for 2013 Kalamazoo Marathon

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KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Kalamazoo Marathon officials expect good conditions for Sunday's race and aren't sweating a forecast that calls for temperatures to reach about 75 degrees in the afternoon.

By then, the top runners will be off the course and many participants will be finished or in the latter stages.

The forecast also calls for lower humidity and only a 1% chance of rain.

"I would imagine that the first two hours of the race should be very accommodating," executive race director Blaine Lam said. "I think the elite athletes are pretty much on pace. For them, it's going to be optimal opportunity to go fast.”

There are over 8,000 runners and counting currently registered to take part in Sunday’s race and tens of thousands are expected to participate community-wide.

Defending champion Justin Gillette of Goshen, Indiana says he prefers the warmer temperatures because it makes for better competition.  See a course preview from Gillette here.

There will be approximately 22 Spirit Stations along the marathon course handing out water, among other things, to keep the runners hydrated on race day. See more about the Spirit Stations and their locations here.  

Stay updated with all the latest in weather, traffic, and news by tuning into WKZO 96.5 FM on race day for wall-to-wall coverage beginning at 7:30 a.m.  WKZO.com will be providing a live video stream on race day, check it out at our marathon page ‘Everything Kalamazoo Marathon’. You can also receive updates to your phone by texting MARATHON to 80373. Remember that standard message and data rates apply. 

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