Runners who were hoping for some relief this year will find slightly better temperatures after 2015’s record 95 degrees on race day, but not by much.
In fact, Sunday’s temps for the 25,000 or so runners expected to pour into Long Beach will be a nice, hot 88 degrees.
Last year, a few cooling fans were located along the route, little could be done to effectively mitigate the heat for both marathon and half marathon runners. Sometimes, you just have to keep shuffling it out.
“Five or six years ago, we had an 85 degree day and we didn’t have any issues,” said Bob Seagren, CEO of Run Racing, the company that runs the Long Beach Marathon and Half Marathon in an interview last year. “We’re just taking extra precautions.”
However, the mostly flat course—a favorite for Boston qualifiers—does attract a bit of a sea breeze throughout its oceanfront route, making for some relief from the heat.
Other features of this year’s race include the usual health and fitness expo, a finish line with snacks, coconut water and water and a “Shock Top Beach Bum Club” beer garden.
The races and activities for the weekend are scheduled as follows:
Friday, October 7
Noon to 7:00PM |Health and Fitness Expo
Saturday, October 8
Aquarium of the Pacific 5K Start Time: 7:00AM
Aquarium of the Pacific Kids Fun Run wave start times: 9:00AM, 9:30AM, 10:00AM, 10:30AM
Health and Fitness Expo: 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Sunday, October 9
5:55AM | Wheelchairs/Handcycles
6:00AM | Bike Tour
6:00AM | Marathon
7:30AM | Half-Marathon (Waves go off every 5 minutes)
The Post wishes all of this year’s group of runners the very best of luck.