A half-marathon in Middletown on Sunday was canceled due to the snow expected to hit the state this weekend.
Runners will not be lacing up their shoes for the Harvard Pilgrim Middletown Half Marathon and Legends 4-Mile.
“The safety of runners, volunteers and spectators is of utmost importance to us. We fully support the city of Middletown in their decision to postpone tomorrow's Harvard Pilgrim Middletown Half Marathon and Legends 4-Mile,” the Hartford Marathon Foundation said in a statement on Saturday.
A storm complete with snow and high wind gusts would be hitting Middletown at the time of the race.
The decision was made after a meeting involving members of the health,emergency management, fire, police and public works departments. Those departments "unanimously recommended" to postpone the race because of "safety concerns."
"Safety is utmost concern when your out there for three four hours during the day 2:25. with the weather we're expecting it's just an unsafe situation," Middletown Half Marathon Technical Director Josh Miller said. "That's the way it is in New England you think you know what the weathers gonna be and then it's different."
The Hartford Marathon Foundation said this decision was “not made lightly.”
"The City of Middletown and the Hartford Marathon Foundation therefore have jointly decided to postpone tomorrow's race. After a careful evaluation and consultation with the appropriate authorities we believe it is in the public's and runners' interest to do so," the city of Middletown said in a statement on Saturday.
The postponement affects business along the route.
"The marathon brings people downtown and the more people discover how wonderful downtown Middletown is the better it is for all of us," Middletown business owner Roberto Tscudin Lucheme said.
But, Lucheme said he supports the city's decision.
"You don't want to see a runner hit by lightning we don't want them blown over by a gust of wind we have to be practical," Lucheme said.
Middletown officials and the Hartford Marathon Foundation said they will work quickly to select another date for the Harvard Pilgrim Middletown Half Marathon and Legends 4-Mile. Updates on the race will be provided on Facebook and Twitter for the Hartford Marathon Foundation.
Lucheme said no matter when the race is rescheduled for he'll be there leading the cheers.
"Whatever we have to do to support them we'll be there," Lucheme said.
Organizers will still be out on Main Street in case anyone does show up on Sunday morning.
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