Weather sites had predicted a high of 80 degrees, which would have made it the steamiest race in Pig history. Divine, the Pig's medical director, immediately ordered extra ice, Gatorade, IV fluids and water. He also increased his staffing.
"We've been fortunate to have great weather here," said Divine, who's also the medical director of sports medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. "But ... we've got to plan for just about everything."
The forecast for Sunday's 10th annual marathon has since fallen to 58 degrees. But Divine and Flying Pig officials are still focused on ensuring a safe experience for the thousands of participants in this weekend's event.
Hot weather created safety problems in October at the Chicago Marathon. Runners battled 88-degree temperatures, humidity and shortages of water and energy drinks. One man died, and at least 49 runners were taken to hospitals for heat-related ailments, according to the Associated Press.
Latest forecast is calling for high of 17C or 62F