Race/Rain Updates from the Conway Police Department

Conway Police will be out in full force directing traffic trying to make sure runners and drivers co-exist together safely. We want everyone to be aware of each other. The marathon kicks off at 7 a.m. and thousands of runners will take to the streets of Conway. We ask everyone to exercise patience, caution and safety. If you have somewhere to go that morning, be mindful of the race and plan accordingly. That may mean leaving earlier to reach your destination on time. Please share this information.

 

Also it's expected to rain. The marathon organizers have asked us to get this information out.

Rain- The event will NOT be cancelled due to rain alone unless the downpour is such that athletes, police, and volunteers lose visibility or there is a threat of flash flooding, making situations unsafe. If this occurs we will wait until the rain subsides and follow the same procedure listed for lightning conditions (minus the 30 minute rule). Athletes will be informed of such a change via announcements on race morning.

Lightning - In the event of lightning the race will be postponed by 30 minutes every time lightning is spotted and thunder is heard within 6 miles of the event. Please note that every time lightning strikes and thunder is heard within 6 miles of any part of the race course, we must restart the timing of 30 minutes increments. We will be working closely with a local meteorologist to make these determinations.

If we are able to begin the race by 7:45 (45 minute delay) the race will go on as planned. If we are able to begin the race by 8:00, we will alter the race, and run only the Half Marathon course, thus cancelling the Marathon. At that point, Marathoners would run the Half Marathon course, and would receive the Marathon medal.
If the race must be delayed over 1 hour, the race will be cancelled.
Tornado Warning - If at anytime before (race morning close to start time) or during the event, a tornado warning is issued, the race will be cancelled.

On Course Cancellation - If the race is canceled due to storms (lightning and/or excessive rain) or tornado warnings while it is in progress we will do everything in our power to alert everyone on the course. All police, race officials, and medical personnel will be made aware and do all they can to warn all participants. We will also do everything in our power to assist those that are still on course. Those that are on course without means of rescue should seek immediate shelter via open stores, buildings, garages, homes and/or any other means of protection from the dangerous conditions. If it gets bad and we are not there to help you off the course please do everything you can to keep yourself safe and take shelter.

 

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