Record Heat Cancels Major Minnesota Event
Saturday saw record highs fall in Rochester and in the Twin Cities.
The high at the Rochester Airport Saturday reached 90, breaking the previous high of 89 set on September 30, 2019.
Minneapolis also saw a new record high set on Saturday. Minnesota’s largest city saw the mercury rise to 88 Saturday, surpassing the record-high of 87 set back on September 30 of 1897.
Similar high temperatures are predicted Sunday in Rochester and in the Twin Cities. As a result of the forecast, the Twin Cities Marathon has been canceled.
Race organizers announced the cancellation Sunday morning, citing “extreme and dangerous conditions.” A statement on the event’s website says:
It saddens Twin Cities In Motion and our partners to be unable to hold the races that runners have been pointing toward for months, but the safety of participants and the community will always be our primary concern. Extreme heat conditions can tax both runners and our emergency medical response systems. We ask the entire running community to come together for the safety of everyone involved.
The Twin Cities Marathon features several races throughout the final weekend in September that draws over 25,000 participants and more than 300,000 spectators.
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