This winter has a mind of its own, and this coming weekend is a perfect example.
The big race in Hartford will go on as scheduled on Sunday, but there will be a few changes ahead of the O’Hartford 5k in preparation for the winter weather that is expected.
This has been a very bizarre winter and the twists and turns keep coming, and many are hoping the luck of the Irish will hold off the snow until after the race.
It will be the 12th annual O’Hartford 5k and “Wee Mile” on Sunday, and runners are pumped up for the race.
“I love running through the neighborhood I work in, it’s a great town,” said Sue Hayes, of Newington.
Rain or shine or snow, the races will go on no matter what Mother Nature brings on Sunday, which is good news for the nearly 3,000 runners expected to participate.
“I’ve never been warm, I’ve never ran it in the snow but I’m prepared for anything,” Hayes said.
Race organizers have made some changes though to prepare for Sunday’s weather, all pre-race services and the post-race parts are located inside the XL Center.
"We've always dealt with the ‘what ifs,’ the cold, the wind, and decided this would be a good move and I think it'll prove to be a great move,” said Beth Shluger, who is the executive director of the Hartford Marathon Foundation.
In a winter season that has been anything but unseasonable, runners are expecting the unexpected.
"It figures the third weekend of March when you really want it to be spring, it's not going to be spring,” Hayes added.
Anyone interested in running can still sign up. The children’s race kicks off at 12:30 p.m. and the 5k begins at 1 p.m.
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