Runners in RUN(317) race on Mass Ave. Thursday alerted about extreme heat

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– The Scotty’s Brewhouse RUN(317) race on Mass Ave. Thursday may experience some issues due to very hot weather conditions expected during the race.

The race director sent out an alert to participants Wednesday informing them that a temperature of 89 degrees and a heat index of 97 are expected when the sold-out race starts.

“Even though this is only a 3.17 mile distance, we want to make sure everyone is safe in these conditions,” the message stated. “We will be monitoring the weather and will be making a decision based on everyone’s safety.”

The race is likely to start under a yellow flag, which means runners should slow down, use caution and drink plenty of water due to the heat.

If the race goes to a red flag, the timing of the event will be stopped and no awards will be issued. In addition, runners should still follow the directives of the yellow flag.

A black flag means the race is cancelled. All participants should turn around and head to the finish line or seek shelter. There are no refunds for the race.

Gatorade has been added to the course’s water station and pre-race and post-race water tables to assist with hydration in the hot temperatures. Two spray stations will also be set up to help runners cool off. One is located on the course and one at the start/finish area.

The race director says Thursday will not be a day runners should be working to set a personal record.

“Please listen to your body and drink plenty of water. The RUN(317) is supposed to be a fun, safe celebration of the (317) so let’s make sure to keep it that way,” the message to participants stated.

Due to the expected conditions, the Point Series Competition and the  Fastest Male/Female in the (317) for the Mass. Ave event will be suspended. The Mass Ave. event will not count toward the competition, so instead of a five-race series the competition will be based off the other four races.