No, I hadn't been following the weather, but there are two ways it can go: too hot, or too miserable (rain and cold). And since 2007, most of the time you hear "bad weather" and "Chicago Marathon" in the same sentence, it refers to the heat.
I went immediately to WGN to see what Tom Skilling, local Chicago meteorological hero, had to say.
Huh. That is not good.
Now, I know that it's impossible to predict the weather a week in advance with any accuracy. But, I was there in 2007.
(Warning: I'm about to use hyperbole to talk about the 2007 Chicago Marathon as though it was a mythical tragedy instead of just a canceled road race.)
In 2007, it was hot. It was very hot. By the end of the day, it would be nearly 90 degrees. Maybe not the worst weather ever, but Chicago is notoriously flat and usually has mild-to-cold weather. I don't know how we made it through.
|Replace "Terrorist Attacks" with|
"Marathon Problems" and you're on!
I was there, man. I still have PTSD from it. When the weather is just right and I see joggers sweating... Flashbacks. It's like I'm there again, man, in
Most weather reports have calmed down some and are predicting highs in the low 70s, although if you believe Tom Skilling it will still get into the 80s. Additionally, a mass email went out to all participants to remind us of the "Emergency Alert System" to notify us of their terrorist-threat-level-esque alert system for marathon weather. I get that the weather is no joke, but I also get that 30,000+ runners have been training for months (and traveling from great, expensive distances) to get to this day.
Please, please, Carey Pinkowski, don't cancel the race on us?