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Warm temperatures for 2013 Kalamazoo Marathon cause for concern


"It could be 70 degrees by the time many runners finish the race."

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The verdict is in and it looks like Kalamazoo could hit the 75 degree mark by midday on Sunday. For the first time in the last two years, organizers of the Borgess Run for the Health of It will have to cope with warmer than normal conditions, according forecasts published by both local and national sources.

“The marathon weather might be a little warm for some runners,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Bob Larson told WKZO listeners.  The AccuWeather forecast called for cloudy skies and possible rain in the beginning of the week with a high of 65°F. No surprise to Michiganders much has changed in the forecast since then.

The forecasters at AccuWeather have concurred that the average high temperature for May 5, will be 70°F (19°C), reaching a high of 75°F by midday with no chance of rain.

Dealing with the unusually warm weather can lead to heat exhaustion or possibly a water shortage at watering stations along the course.  Kalamazoo Marathon race director Blaine Lam has stayed positive however saying, "we are fully equipped to deal with this type of situation and have no worries going into race day."