Local runners eager to kick off Atlanta’s favorite race may want to start preparing a little earlier than usual.
Race organizers announced that the Peachtree Road Race will be run under a red alert due to dangerous weather conditions.
Tuesday’s forecast calls for high humidity and temperatures in the high 80s, a combination that can quickly lead to dehydration if runners are unprepared.
"Please understand the risks associated with undergoing strenuous exercise in these conditions and alter your race plan accordingly," officials said in a statement Monday. "If you have a condition that is worsened by high heat and humidity, please consult a medical professional before participating."
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Races are run under the Atlanta Track Club’s green, yellow, red and black alert system. A green alert means favorable conditions, with weather worsening until the event is canceled at black.
Under a red alert, participants are encouraged to hydrate much earlier than usual, familiarize themselves with the course and its water stations, and consider stopping their participation.
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