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Annual Twin Cities Marathon Minneapolis Has Been Canceled Due To Extreme Heat

Annual Twin Cities Marathon Minneapolis Has Been Canceled Due To Extreme Heat

The annual Twin Cities marathon in Minneapolis has been canceled due to extreme heat in the city and St. Paul marathon organizers announced Sunday morning. 

Temperatures were forecast to reach an unseasonably high 91 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Weather Service. 

“We’re sad we have to make this decision, but we knew it was the right one,” Charlie Mahler, communications manager for the race, told CNN’s Omar Jimenez and Amara Walker on Sunday.

“The latest weather forecast update projects record-setting heat conditions that do not allow a safe event for runners, supporters, and volunteers,” organizers said in a statement.

“The safety of participants and the community will always be our primary concern,” the statement said. “Extreme heat conditions can tax both runners and our emergency medical response systems.”

Organizers kept updating the community on the event. 

“We have an extensive protocol as we’re heading into a race,” Mahler said, “We knew early on the week of this race that we were facing warm and humid conditions.”

“Overnight, the forecast conditions got even worse and that’s how we had to make the call in the early hours of the morning,” he added.

“I think there’s a range of emotions for runners. There are probably some who are relieved that we made the decision for them. I think others think it’s all in your head and I can run in these difficult conditions,” he said.

Matt Anderson was selected to run the race when he received a note of the cancellation early Sunday morning.

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