Weather Policy

Inclement Weather Plan

Weather forecasts will be monitored prior to the event paying special attention to the possibility of heavy rain, thunder and lightning, high winds and extreme temperatures. If necessary, athletes will be made aware of these predictions on the Hartford Marathon Foundation’s web site so that they can adequately prepare for severe weather during the race as well as possible course alterations.

On race day, the Race Director will monitor the weather and make a decision if any action will be taken to modify the swim, bike or run course. Possible scenarios include: change of race start time on the scheduled date, modification of the race format, change of race date or cancellation of the event.

Wet, slick roadways, standing water and poor visibility due to heavy rains may require rerouting or shortening the course.

Visible lightning will cause the race to be postponed for a minimum of 15 minutes. Additional sightings will continue to delay the race in 15 minute increments.

If high winds are present, extra care will be taken to secure race signage, start and finish areas, mile markers, bike racks, fencing, banners, timing clocks and other equipment.

If extreme heat is predicted, extra water will be provided to the athletes, both prior to, during and after the event. The medical team will also be alerted that athletes may require additional medical attention during and after the event due to the high temperatures. Water temperature for the swim will be checked and USAT rules on wetsuits will be followed.