Cold temperatures could put damper on Sunday's Lakefront Marathon

CREATED Oct 5, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- It's going to get cold this weekend, and that may present a challenge for runners in the Lakefront Marathon on Sunday.

Storm Team 4Caster Michael Fish says it should be 36 degrees with a light breeze at the start of the marathon on Sunday.  Runners say that will have them adding a few extra layers.

Meghan Hayward has finished months of training, and now it's time to pack on the layers for the race.

"I will stick with my plan of things I have already laid out to wear, maybe just add something I think I can remove and donate," says Hayward.  "I'm going to wear a long-sleeved shirt underneath, so I did add that.  I'll wear capris.  I plan on taking a shirt that was an old shirt, and donating it."

Many runners will toss layers along the course, those clothes will be picked up at lost-and-found at the end of the race, and what is left over will be donated to charity.

Race organizers explain runners should be warmed up and ready for the near freezing temps.  Their concern is with the 1,300 volunteers who will be standing along the course for hours.

"I'm more concerned about the volunteers because they are so important to us," says race director Kristine Hinrichs.  "We give our volunteers gloves and hand warmers to keep them as comfortable as possible."

They'll have extra blankets and medical personnel on hand just in case the cold temps get to be too much.

"We always do the Mylar blankets because even on a warm day a runner can get chilled," says Hinrichs.  "Our medical team will be ready for any colder weather."

Runners say after a summer of record heat, they are looking forward to the cooler run this weekend.