GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Runners can control a lot of things from training to what they wear for race day, they have no control of Mother Nature.
There will be a 10-15 mph wind from the east-northeast that will make temperatures feel in the 30s. The bright side of all the gray, gloomy weather is the runners don’t have to worry about overheating.There will be no real change to the wind speed forecast by the end of the race.Runners may enjoy the wind at the beginning stages of the course as they run westward down Market Avenue. But once they make the turn at Wilson Drive, they will have to combat the same wind heading into Grand Rapids.
But the question remains, will it be raining?
It certainly looks as if there is a possibility for heavy rain Friday night, but the heaviest may fall prior to the race. It appears the course will be wet regardless if it’s still raining or not — amounts appear to be substantial. Runners may have to either go through or navigate substantial puddles throughout the course.Light showers and sprinkles will likely remain Saturday morning.Even if we are lucky enough that the rain ends, clouds and a brisk wind will continue through the race. One caveat is this is just one models interpretation of the weather events.
Storm Team 8 will continue to monitor radar trends and future forecast model data right up to the Fifth Third River Bank Run. Make sure to check out the Storm Team 8 Forecast throughout the morning for the latest updates.