A rainy Vermont City Marathon forecast isn't slowing down runners or organizers.
"Well, we're going to make some liquid sunshine out of all of this rain. That's the only choice we've got right now," said Peter Delaney, the race director.
Sunday, thousands of athletes and spectators are slated to pack the Burlington City Marathon course rain or shine. Delaney says he's keeping a close eye on course conditions after days of wet weather and more on the way. Possible trouble spots include low points along the lake, city streets and Leddy Park.
"We've got some volunteer crews on standby with some pumps and things like that if we need to address certain areas, but right now I think it is well under control and I think we will be in good shape for Sunday," Delaney said.
Runners aren't the only ones with water on their minds. Gary Lemuix of Atomic Professional Audio spent Friday in less than ideal conditions setting up electricity for the race's medical tent, sound system and food vendors.
"Well, I am the electrician on site, so rain and water and electricity needless to say, it's with a lot of caution," Lemuix said.
For the team at Weddings, Tents and Events the rain wasn't the issue come prep time.
"It just makes it harder to do the job, rain or sun the tents are going up," said Andrew Baraw of Weddings, Tents and Events.
Its battle with Mother Nature was all about the wind.
"The wind or whatnot is really what's a struggle for us when I am putting in my poles and whatnot the wind will blow my tents around," Baraw said.
No matter the conditions, the folks on the front lines of getting the course geared up for race day say game on.
"We've got a great team that's been working hard to make this happen," Delaney said, "and we're not going to let a little rain stand in our way."
They'll see you Sunday.
Race officials say that if rain presents major problems along the course Sunday, they do have alternate routes they are prepared to use, but right now they do not think that will be necessary.
Officials are sharing security reminders with runners and fans that boxes and backpacks are not recommended, instead use clear plastic bags.
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