Beating the Boilermaker Heat

By Julia Rose

Published 07/01 2014 06:34PM

Updated 07/10 2014 11:43AM

Countless hours of planning go into the Boilermaker but there's always one element that is out of the race directors' control: weather.

"We have to be very careful I mean you really never know what you're going to encounter on Boilermaker Sunday, last year for example was a very hot and humid day and the medical tents were very, very busy,” says Boilermaker President Tim Reed.

Reed says running 9.3 miles in hot humid weather is often a recipe for dehydration, which is why 20 medical stations are set up along the course plus the main medical tent at the finish line and two at the post-race party.

"To basically rehydrate people is the biggest thing that they have to do, if they're really in a severe distress they can go anywhere from putting them into ice baths just to start controlling their temperatures because you don't want to have a situation where they go into heat stroke,” said Reed.

Eyewitness Meteorologist Samantha Wessing runs the Boilermaker every year. She says mile six along Burrstone Road is always brutal.

"There’s not much cover from the sun and it's black top so by the time you hit here you're about an hour into the race and it's getting to be almost 9 o’clock so the heat is going up, not many clouds to cover the sun, it's just hot,” says Wessing.
But it's not just about the runners. The thousands of people who come out to watch the race are also affected by the weather.

"An ideal Boilermaker Sunday for me is very, very low humidity probably the early 60's to by noon, rising to the early 70's,” said Reed.

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