Runners and spectators at this year’s Boston Marathon will face weather that may make them wish they’d stayed someplace warm and dry, but few seemed daunted as they prepared Sunday for the storied race to begin.
Forecasters predicted rain in the morning that could continue into the night, and also develop into a midday thunderstorm, with patchy fog and temperatures in the 40s, according to the National Weather Service.
A spokesman for the Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the Marathon, said it is not approaching its preparations differently because of the weather, but it is communicating frequently with runners about conditions.
The security plan for State Police, a spokesman said, is “generally similar to those in place since 2013,” when two homemade bombs near the finish line killed three people and injured more than 260 others.
David Procopio, the State Police spokesman, said the Marathon has occurred during “bad weather in the past, and there were still large crowds. We prepare for the largest expected crowds; we do not scale back any part of the security plan just because of inclement weather.”
Businesses along the race route are stocking up and staffing up in anticipation of a large turnout, despite the forecast, they said.
“I think regardless of the weather, a lot of people will be out tomorrow,” to see the race, said Bryan Colaggero, a manager at Whiskey’s Steakhouse on Boylston Street, near the finish line. “I think it will be less of a crowd, but I think the whole city will be full.”
Colaggero said rain didn’t hurt business during the 2015 Marathon. Bad weather can either cause people to stay home, he said, or it can lead them to seek shelter in a warm, comfortable space — like a bar.
At the other end of the route, Marathon Pizza in Hopkinton was also preparing for crowds, having seen an uptick in business over the weekend as runners prepared.
“It’s going to be really busy,” said Payal Murthy, manager of the pizzeria. “Despite the weather, people are going to come regardless. It’s a big event.”
Runner Melissa Becker, 27, said she has been training in Orlando on humid, 85-degree days, and no kind of weather is going to diminish her excitement.
“I have the best attitude,” she said. “I don’t care if I run this in three hours and 20 minutes or five hours. I’m going to have an amazing day.”
Cailin Pagel, a nurse from Dorchester who is running for the Martin Richard Foundation, said she proudly carries on the legacy of kindness of the 8-year-old boy killed in the 2013 Marathon bombings, and the cold and rain don’t scare her.
“I think about hard things people go through everyday,” she said. “If running in the rain is what we have to do, then we’ll get it done.”