Friday, September 27, 2013

Race for the Cure, Komen NW Ohio: A History of Race Weather


As this year's inaugural Findlay Race for the Cure and the 20th Annual Toledo Race for the Cure approach this weekend, all eyes are on the sky. 

Will the weather hold out?
Will the rain arrive too soon?
Will racers need hand warmers or portable fans? 

Before answering those questions, lets take a look back at the past 5 years of race weather. 


September 28, 2008: 15th Annual Race for the Cure, Toledo
Conditions: Dry
Race Temp: 55°-60°
Daily High: 78°
Winds: N ~5mph

September 27, 2009: 16th Annual Race for the Cure, Toledo
Conditions: Dry
Race Temp: 57°-62°
Daily High: 72°
Winds: SW ~8mph

September 26, 2010: 17th Annual Race for the Cure, Toledo
Conditions: Dry
Race Temp: 54°-59°
Daily High: 66°
Winds: N ~7mph
**Temps were in the 90s just 2-3 days prior to the race**

September 25, 2011: 18th Annual Race for the Cure, Toledo
Conditions: Light Rain, 0.04''
Race Temp: 48°-53°
Daily High: 76°
Winds: S ~4mph

September 30, 2012: 15th Annual Race for the Cure, Toledo
Conditions: Dry
Race Temp: 44°-49°
Daily High: 65°
Winds: NE ~4mph

2012 was the coldest race in the past 5 years. Temps started off in the middle 40s, and barely grazed 50° by the time the final 5K runners were finishing. But, into the afternoon, a nice dry and sunny day unfolded. 

There is also only ONE year on record in the past 5 that yielded any rain. 2011 brought less than on tenth of an inch of rain, and as I recall, the skies opened up just before the race, and the sun came out. It was so symbolic.

Now, as we prepare for two races this year, we need not only one perfect weather day, but two! Back-to-back.

FINDLAY RACE FORECAST: 
Conditions: Dry, Sunny
Race Temp: 49°-54°
Daily High: 79°
Winds: SE 5-10mph

A cool start for runners, survivors and supporters. Temps will warm into the low/middle 50s through the course of the race. The sun will come out to meet racers early, and keep conditions comfortable. 

TOLEDO RACE FORECAST:
Conditions: Partly to Mostly Cloudy, PM Light Rain
Race Temp: 56°-61°
Daily High: 71°
Winds: WSW 5-15mph

A bit more of a breeze picking up as a cold front approaches the race site Sunday morning. The starting line will be dry, but the finish line may have a few sprinkles into the late morning hours. Otherwise, mild, with temps rising into the low 60s by the time the racers cross the finish line. 

Weekend Forecast, 9/28-9/29/13