HOUSTON -- The Houston Marathon is a rain or shine event, but in the event of lightning or any other dangerous weather conditions, organizers say it would be cancelled.
"Right now things look fine for us," said Chevron Houston Marathon race director Brant Kotch.
The Sunday race forecast calls for rain, wind and temperatures in the low 50's, said KHOU 11 News Meteorologist David Paul.
But, if that forecast worsens to include lightning or flooding of the course, organizers would try to delay the start. If the weather does not cooperate with that plan, organizers would cancel the event for the first time in 41 years.
If the marathon is cancelled, it would not be rescheduled. Organizers say it would take too much effort to re-group volunteers and get city streets closed off again.
If the weather cooperates when the marathon starts at 7 a.m. Sunday, but gets bad after the race begins, organizers say they have a plan for that.
"We do have contingency plans for sheltering the runners in place, and if things are really bad, we can even enable plans that we have with Metro to start picking them up," said Kotch.
The only thing that has already changed about this year's marathon is the post-race festival. It has been moved from Discovery Green Park to a nearby black top parking lot because the lawn at the park is too soggy from recent rains.
More than 25,000 runners are expected to complete the full 26.2 miles or 13.1 miles of the half marathon on Sunday, including KHOU on-air talents Lisa Hernandez, Chita Johnson and Sherry Williams who are all competing in the half marathon.
Williams says, "According to my knees, it will be my third year and my last."