Lake Effect Half Marathon (Before)

LEHM

A week from today, I will be taking part in the Lake Effect Half Marathon. It will be my second race of the year. It is only the third year of this race; however, it is already quite popular. This is due in part to an article in Runner’s World last year:

RW

Unfortunately, the race has tended to live up to its name:

The 2012 Race - photo credit to David Lassman

The 2012 Race – photo credit to David Lassman

I expect the weather to be a challenge again this year – but for different reasons. The current forecast for race day is:

weather1

That will be fairly miserable but certainly not surprising for this time of year. Actually, it’s not the race-day forecast I’m worried about! The four days preceding the race look something like this:

weather2

That will actually be the nicest weather that this area has seen in months! Unfortunately, there is so much snow on the ground right now, the warmer temperatures are sure to cause flooding. Onondaga Lake Park, where the race is held, is notorious for flooding. Just a few months ago, after a series of warm days, it looked like this:

photo credit to Mike Greenlar

photo credit to Mike Greenlar

Not impressed? Back in 2011, it looked like this:

photo credit to Holly Austin

photo credit to Holly Austin

photo credit to Holly Austin

a bench by the edge of the lake – photo credit to Holly Austin

I’m trying to stay optimistic. I certainly welcome the warmer temperatures. I really hope they don’t turn the course into a mess. I know the race is going to be held either way. We’ll see what happens!!

My current half marathon PR is 1:17:52. Hopefully, if things go just right…

The 2014 Medals: Run Like There's Snow Tomorrow

The 2014 Medals: Run 13.1 Like There’s Snow Tomorrow

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6 Responses to Lake Effect Half Marathon (Before)

  1. Maybe the nice weather will hold out for one more day…
    Wow to that PR!

  2. emmelineruns says:

    I hope the weather cooperates! And can I just steal your PR? That’s my ultimate goal time. It’s quite a ways off…

  3. I have been weather tracking and the flooding is my biggest concern. I would rather not be chilled to the bone from rain either. I would even prefer snow! I do think the race is extremely fast if it’s the right conditions. Hopefully I see you there.

  4. I guess I’ll plan on bringing my Goretex shoes, not that it will really do much if things are flooded.

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