Fitness Festival marathon will not be run

LA CROSSE, Wis. — Heavy rain and storms are canceling the La Crosse Fitness Festival marathon and delaying the start of the half-marathon.

Organizers say the half-marathon will be run at 8:30 a.m. instead of 7:00 a.m. Runners signed up to do the marathon, or marathon relay can run the half-marathon.

Shuttle buses will start running at 7:30 a.m. from 3rd and State Streets and from UW-L’s Mitchell Hall.

There will be no refunds for the marathon, as it is stated in registration materials for the Fitness Festival.

Organizers say those running the marathon relay can run the half-marathon as a trade-off. Additional information will be given to those participants at the starting line.

Here is the La Crosse Fitness Festival’s severe weather policy from their website:

Severe Weather: For the safety of the runners, volunteers and spectators, race officials will be in continuous contact with the La Crosse Weather Service before and during the races.

Although it is unlikely, all runners should  be aware that the start of the races may be delayed due to the threat of severe weather, such as severe thunderstorms or tornado warnings.

After the races are underway, it may be necessary to halt one or both races should severe weather suddenly threaten the race course. Should this occur, race officials will notify the staff at the  water and medical stations, police officers, and the finish line will be closed.

Runners on the course should attempt  to find shelter, and race officials will attempt to provide buses to pick up runners as necessary. Please note that if the race is halted, it will not be possible to re-start.