BETHLEHEM Heat was a concern for organizers of this year’s Delmar Dash.
Co-Race Director Marcia Adams said temperatures were about seven degrees hotter than in races past and fears of heat stroke or dehydration of racers brought last-minute changes to the racing configuration.
“We put in a second water stop for our 5-mile,” said Adams. “We realize we may have some slower runners who may not be in condition just yet and we want to make sure people stay hydrated.”
In additional to the water stops at the middle school and Hamagrael Elementary, an additional water table was added at the 4-mile mark on Winne Road. An ambulance was called for at least one runner because of the heat.
“We are fortunate that every year we have the Dash we have had good weather,” said Adams.
Earlier forecasts had predicted thunderstorms during the Sunday, April 15, event, but runners were instead rewarded with a dry day for the 24th annual race.
Adams said organizers were happy with this year’s turnout. In total, about 630 people participated in the 5-mile race.
“It’s a little down, but that’s to be expected because we are following a week’s school vacation… plus we’re up against Boston,” said Adams.
She explained that because of temperatures expected to reach above 80 degrees, organizers of the Monday Boston Marathon were asking registered participants not to run if they do not feel prepared or have underlying medical issue. Those who decided not to run were offered a deferment to run for free next year, according to the website.
“To run a marathon in that kind of heat is insane if you’re not in the right condition,” said Adams.
Mark Bryant of Bryant Asset Protection, the corporate sponsor of the race, ran the Dash and said heat was definitely a concern.