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Updates: Race director details preparations

Posted by Matt Pepin, BostonGlobe.com Staff  April 16, 2012 06:49 AM

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Runners boarded buses early in the morning at Boston Common, while spectators had already arrived in Hopkinton (below) by 7 a.m. (Top photo by Steve Silva; below by Zuri Berry)

photo.JPGBoston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray spent the morning delivering one final word of caution to all runners.

"The one thing that we can't control is obviously the weather," said McGillivray, who appeared on Boston.com's live video broadcast from Hopkinton this morning. "The runners themselves need to heed all the cautions and the warnings that have been sent out there. ... Maybe it's not a day to set a personal record."

With record heat in the forecast, Boston Marathon officials have been very clear in emphasizing to runners that today should not be treated as a race, but rather an experience, and if the experience proves to be too much, runners need to make the smart decision.

"What we're doing ... is increasing the fluids out on the course itself, almost doubling them, more ice on the course at the water stations and the Red Cross stations, even in the emergency rooms at the hospitals along the course," McGillivray said.

He added message boards would be stationed along the course to encourage runners to go slow, and fire departments would set up sprays to cool runners.

"If unfortunately they do get in a little trouble, we have a medical committee and a medical staff second to none to take care of them," McGillivray said.

We'll have coverage thoughout the day here in the Marathon Blog, and live video is planned from Hopkinton at 7:15, 8 and 9 a.m.

Stay tuned. The marathoning begins at 9 a.m. with the mobility impaired program start. The elite women go at 9:32 a.m. and the men at 10. The final wave goes at 10:40 a.m.

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Look for updates, news, analysis and commentary from the following.
  • Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
  • Ty Velde is a 16-time Boston qualifier who's completed 12 consecutive Boston Marathons and 25 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 13th Boston run and will provide training tips for those who train solo and outside, no matter what temperature it is.
  • Rich 'Shifter' Horgan is a 19-time Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team member who runs in honor of his father, who died of colon cancer. He will provide updates on local running events with a focus on the charitable organizations that provide Boston Marathon entries for their organization's fund raising purposes

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