Marathon organizers keeping a close eye on freezing forecast

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by TERESA WOODARD

WFAA

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 12:20 AM

DALLAS — At Luke's Locker on Mockingbird Lane, the salespeople are offering way more than fashion advice — they're giving nerve-calming therapy about the bone-chilling cold.

"Utter panic," said Holly Lipscomb, describing how her shoppers are feeling right now.

"I'm telling them layering is gonna be key," added Jacey Kerby.

Lipscomb and Kerby are both running the marathon relay.  Colleague Karyn Nyholm is running the full 26.2 miles.

"I'm trying to take the ostrich in the sand kind of approach to the weather — you know, I'm not gonna look at it 'til Saturday night," Nyholm said with a smile.

She has trained for months for what might be the most miserable Dallas Marathon in years.  "There's nothing I can control at this point!" she said.

"The snow and 'wintry mix' as it gets called sometimes, I'm worried about that more than anything," admitted Lipscomb.  "I mean, we're Texans... 80 degrees today and it's gonna be 30 degrees soon?  So people panic!"

Runners started posting ice and freezing-rain related inquiries on the Marathon's Facebook page Tuesday afternoon.  By Tuesday night, Marathon organizers posted this statement:

"Sunday’s forecast for the 44th running of our race currently anticipates temperatures in the mid-to-upper 30s on race day. We recommend that all participants, volunteers and spectators dress appropriately, wearing layers that can be discarded as needed.

"We are closely monitoring the Dallas weather forecast and unless conditions are deemed unsafe for our race participants by the Dallas Police Department or the City of Dallas, we anticipate that the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon will go on as planned.

"We will notify participants and the general public with updates via the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon email database, social media channels and through media outlets.

We look forward to you joining us for the 44th running of the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon."

Several runners replied to the post that they would be there — no matter the temperature.  But many said ice on the roads or race course would keep them at home.

The Children's Medical Center Holiday Parade is Saturday morning. Organizers of that annual December tradition said they, too, are constantly watching the weather.

Lori Waggoner of the Children's Medical Center Foundation offered this statement:

"For 26 years, the Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade has kicked off the holidays in Dallas, and we expect to do the same this year.  We are pleased to say, the Parade comes down the street  -- rain or shine.  Recognizing this is Texas, and today’s weather forecast can change in a moment’s notice, we will be closely monitoring the weather and working with city officials to keep Parade-goers  updated as appropriate.  As of today, the Parade is set to kick-off at 10 a.m.”

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