Inclement Weather Policy and Flag Warning System
Check the Weather Forecast
Keep checking the weather forecast for Columbus at Weather Underground or other weather sites and plan to bring running clothes for a range of weather conditions.
Weather forecasts will be monitored prior to the event paying special attention to the possibility of heavy rain, thunder and lightning, high winds and extreme temperatures. If necessary, athletes will be made aware of these predictions on the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon website so that participants can properly prepare for severe weather during the race as well as possible course alterations. Severe weather updates will also be sent to participants via email as necessary.
The Race Director and Medical Director will monitor the weather and make a decision if any action will be taken to modify the race. Possible changes include: altering the start time for the race or in extreme situations, cancellation of the event. Please listen closely to all public address announcements at the starting line of the race.
Visible lightning will cause the race to be postponed for a minimum of 30 minutes. Additional sightings will continue to delay the race in 30 minute increments.
If extreme heat is predicted, extra water will be provided to the athletes, both prior to, during and after the event. The medical team will be alerted that athletes may require additional medical attention during and after the event due to the high temperatures.
Flag Warning System
We have devised a flag warning system to communicate race conditions to participants on the course. Look for the color of the flag at each re-fueling station.