New Bedford hoping for best with snow expected during annual half marathon

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — As winter prepares to go out with a wicked farewell, thousands are getting ready to run in New Bedford’s annual half marathon Sunday.

The race will be the city’s 39th annual half marathon. According to the organizer, they have never had to cancel the race – and they don’t plan to do it now.

“We’ve never had to cancel a race and we made it through last winter,” said director Dan McCarthy.

While many are cringing at the fact that we are going to get plowable snow on Sunday, the timing of the storm might be perfect for the 3,000 runners signed up.

“We’re cautiously optimistic that the race will be over before we see any precipitation, especially and driving snow or anything like that,” McCarthy said.

Last year, McCarthy said the race began with 30-inches of snow on the ground – and they were left to shovel out the water stations.

“The city did a great job clearing as much of the sidewalks as possible but it limited the exposure of spectators just because of the amount of snow that was on the ground,” he explained.

Looking to stay ahead of the flakes, McCarthy said he is concerned about the 1,000 volunteers and supporters who typically come out for the race.

“If you’re going to be out on the course for an extended period of time, we want to make sure that you’re layered up appropriately,” he said. “So that you’re not having an uncomfortable experience celebrating this day in the city.”

The race is slated to begin at 11 a.m. Sunday and will travel through almost every neighborhood in the city.

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