The Boston Athletic Association issued another update to all entrants in Monday's 116th Boston Marathon on Sunday that outlined the risks they face and urged runners to consider their decision whether to participate carefully.
Monday's forecast calls for high heat. An advisory attached to the BAA's update sent Sunday afternoon from the race's medical directors says the race will be run in a "red zone" condition, which is considered increased risk but acceptable for high-level elite runners.
Here's the full text of the BAA's update to entrants. The full text of the medical advisory follows.
- Running any marathon involves risks/ The weather conditions that we will be seeing on Monday, April 16 will involve even more risk. It will involve an increased element of risk to all participants due to the heat. Only the fittest runners should consider participating.
- We have put in place a broad array of services and support for our marathon participants, but the risks that will be presented on April 16 will be higher than normal.
- Therefore, in cooperation with the Boston Marathon's Medical Team, it is our recommendation that anyone entered in the marathon who has not met the qualifying standards for their age and gender strongly consider not running, and that they strongly consider deferring until next year.
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