|Look - no snow!|
Courthouse O'Putnam 5K & Wee Mile
Weather challenges began with our very first race: the Courthouse O’Putnam 5K & Wee Mile. Days before the race, 24 inches of snow was dumped on Putnam so we needed to ensure the entire course was plowed, making it as ice-free as possible and safe for running was a major endeavor. Kudos go out to the Putnam Public Works Department for working with us and getting our course cleared in time for race day!
|Volunteer handing out water |
Amica Ironhorse Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Our second X-Treme Scramble in July was another hot one. We do everything possible not to cancel races on our participants but we need to keep them safe. We shortened the course, added some great services like dunk pools, ice bags and cool water misters, and invited all registered runners to the post-race party even if they didn’t want to run in the heat.
|Niantic Bay Triathlon|
It’s not always day-of weather than can affect races. We were forced to re-route the Niantic Bay Triathlon to avoid areas along the Connecticut shore that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. No course change or race decision is ever made lightly – we want runners to know we have always have their back, even when making the right call isn’t always the most popular.
We can’t know what weather patterns lay ahead in 2014 for our races, but we will spend the short off-season planning for all possibilities. Have any ideas or feedback on HMF events, please share them in comments!