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Saturday, February 24, 2024

Manitoba Marathon was called off in the middle of the event due to high temperatures

The Manitoba Marathon has been called off in the middle of the race

Key Takeaways:

  • The Manitoba Marathon has been canceled, according to organizers, due to a heat advisory issued by Environment Canada.
  • Before the event was canceled, Daniel Heschuk finished fifth in the half marathon, but he believes he was on the edge of quitting.

The Manitoba Marathon has been canceled due to a heat advisory issued by Environment Canada, organizers confirmed to CBC News.

The decision to cancel the concert, which drew roughly 6,000 people, was taken about an hour after it began.

“We were hoping for a better day today,” said Rachel Munday, executive director of the Manitoba Marathon. “We felt the wind would be our ally, and there would be some cool folks on the course,” says the team.

“Once you hit your low 30s [C], even the fittest runner shouldn’t be running a great distance, according to the rules.” We made the extremely tough choice to halt the race because it is too stressful on the body.”

Also read: Temperatures in southern Manitoba might reach the upper 30s

At 7 a.m., the runners crossed the starting line at Winnipeg’s IG Field in temperatures of 23 degrees Celsius, but Environment Canada predicts humidex values of 35 to 40 degrees Celsius by 10 a.m.

The five- and ten-kilometer events were allowed to finish, but the half marathon, relay, 50-kilometer, and full marathon were canceled, according to Munday.

“It’s been a difficult 3 years, but now we can focus on next year’s event and making it even better,” she said.

Daniel Heschuk placed fifth in the half marathon before the race was canceled, but he claims he was on the verge of quitting.

“It was perhaps the most difficult race I’ve ever participated in. I was about to give up at seven miles. ‘How can I drop out,’ I asked the individuals ahead of me as I began walking, “he stated

Heschuk decided that finishing the race would be more difficult than finishing early.

The Manitoba Marathon has been called off in the middle of the race
The Manitoba Marathon has been called off in the middle of the race. Image from CBC News

“I’m quite pleased with the outcome,” he stated. “Overall, it’s a fantasy come true to be able to compete against such outstanding individuals.”

Justin Bulaong was unaware that the race had been canceled until he had completed it.

According to him, the cooling stations assisted him in finishing the half marathon with only little cramping near the end.

“At the very least, everyone is safe and well,” Bulaong added. “You don’t want someone passing out from heat stroke or anything like that.” “That’s fine if they have to cancel because of it.”

Closures of roads

If you’re driving in Winnipeg this morning, expect various road closures throughout the day.

From Research Way to University Crescent, Chancellor Matheson Road is closed, and University Crescent is shut from Chancellor Matheson Road to Pembina Highway.

The off-ramp from southbound Pembina Highway to eastbound Jubilee Avenue is also closed.

According to the City of Winnipeg, these road restrictions will last until 3 p.m.

Source: CTV News

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