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Marathon and Balloon Race forecast and tips!

Marathon and Balloon Race forecast and tips!

by Ben Pine

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 27, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 8:17 AM

Alright, all of you marathoners and ballooners, it's going to be a close call with the rainfall.  Notice on our futurecast map below, Louisville is looking mainly dry at 7am with a few light rain showers/sprinkles dotting the area, with the heavier downpours to the northwest around Paoli.  There is a decent chance we could dodge much of the rain in Louisville and areas to the south very early Saturday.  Let's hope!  I'll see you out at the KDF Mini/Marathon!! Good luck to all the runners! 

Same deal for the Great Balloon Race.  The winds should stay below 12 mph, so the wind should not be a big factor.  It's just going to be a very close call with the rain dodge. 

Below is a look at mid-late morning.  Notice here, most of the rain is once again to the north with the warm front placed over central Indiana.  We can hope that happens, but still be prepared for some rain showers.  The next map shows the heavier rain potential during the afternoon Saturday.

So, below you see Futurecast getting a bit busier.  As we warm-up to the mid 70s, stronger showers and possibly a few severe storms will be possible.  By Saturday evening, the rain chances begin to taper off.  If the Great Balloon Race is a no-go Saturday morning or afternoon, they can try again early Sunday.  Sunday morning's weather looks great with light winds and dry conditions.

Here are some tips for cool, wet weather running.  Jeff Wells from Fleet Feet says, first wear the appropriate socks.  Light, synthetic socks are best and won't absorb too much moisture.  Next, put tape over your laces and openings in your shoes to keep water out.  If it is cool and wet, wear a large trash bag with holes for your arms and head to keep you warm and dry.  Don't waste money on a poncho or jacket, which you might have to throw away once the running begins and you naturally warm-up. 

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