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London marathon runners betting on agreeable weather

Runners are hoping for cool and cloudy conditions (file photo)
Runners are hoping for cool and cloudy conditions (file photo)

Staff writers

April 19, 2013 — As runners gear up for one of the world's largest marathons, they're hoping for cloudy and cool conditions.

Runners from around the world are getting ready to take part in the 33rd annual London Marathon Sunday, and many of them are keeping an eye on the forecast.

Weather plays a large role in outdoor sporting events. Hot, muggy conditions can slow down even the most elite athlete, while research suggests that cold weather accelerates fatigue.

Participants say that cloudy and dry conditions are best, and research has (somewhat) confirmed this.

According to Al Jazeera News Network, research demonstrates that male athletes are at the top of their game when the temperature is between 10 and 13C.

Females do well when the temperature is between 11 and 14C.

London Marathon runners may be in luck. Sunday's high is expected to be 15C, with a low of 7C. So far, the forecast isn't calling for rain.

More than 36,000 people are expected to take place in this weekend's marathon.

To date, runners have raised more than $775 million (CAD) for charity.

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