YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Last year, Panerathon raised more than $300,000 for the Joanie Adbu Comprehensive Breast Care Center at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. The event drew 10,000 participants and spectators to the 10K run.
This year, organizers hope for the same crowds, but Mother Nature may have other plans.
At this time, thunderstorms are likely for Sunday. Though it’s too early to know exactly when they’ll hit, Panerathon Coordinator Ted Rupe said they’re ready.
“If it were to lightning, we would stop,” he said. “We have indoor facilities where we would get people under cover and we would wait until the store were to pass.”
As for rain, Rupe says it can be a runner’s best friend. He said with heat and humidity, it should help cool runners off.
If you are planning on running the race, there are a few things you should know.
The first part of the race goes through downtown Youngstown, so runners may want to bring hats to help keep the water out of their eyes, if it’s raining. Then, the second half takes a runner through the forested area of Mill Creek Park.
The main concern would be the chance that people would be caught under the canopy during a storm, but the event coordinators want to assure people that they will not start the race if the threat of storms are in the area.
Regardless, the race will go on rain or shine.
“We really have a great cause here, and the bigger the turn out, the better to help the Joanie Abdu Breast Cancer Center, so we really want to encourage everyone to come out. It will be a great day,” he said.
Not only will officials be keeping an eye on radar, but Storm Team 27 meteorologists will also be keeping you up-to-date on the latest weather forecast as the event gets closer.
For more information on Panerathon and how to register, visit www.panerathon.org