BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Marathon 5K and Quarter Marathon will be canceled ahead of strong thunderstorms, according to Louisiana Marathon officials on Saturday morning.
“The Louisiana Marathon adheres to an Emergency Management Plan that will not allow us to put athletes, volunteers or our staff in harm’s way. We have strict parameters related to heat, cold, wind and lightning that we monitor. With the presence of lightning in and around Baton Rouge and the continued forecast of lightning and thunderstorms, we can’t take any chances,” according to a post from the Louisiana Marathon’s Facebook page.
Officials say they will make the call at 9 a.m. if the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Louisiana Kids Marathon will be canceled.
Runners for the 5K and Quarter Marathon are asked to come to the awards tent Sunday to pick up all medals and prizes. It will be open from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at AZ Young Park. The Expo at the Raising Cane’s River Center is still scheduled to happen on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
A line of strong storms is moving into the Baton Rouge area Saturday morning, and much of the viewing area is under a Tornado Watch until 1 p.m. The storms should pass through the area by lunchtime Saturday.
The Sunday events, The Louisiana Marathon and Half Marathon will still take place as planned, officials say. The First Alert Storm Team recommends that runners be prepared for a very cold and windy race time with temperatures falling to near freezing for Sunday’s daybreak.
The Louisiana Marathon has a no refund policy regarding weather cancellations.