DETROIT (WJBK) - The 2018 Detroit Free Press Marathon is just a few days away. While many are training for the run, you have to be more than just physically ready. You also have to be properly dressed for the feat.
If you're a runner, you know what you're wearing plays a big role in your performance. Mike Anderson from New Balance and Barbara Bennage, the Executive Race Director, joined us in studio to tell us more about what to expect and how to prepare for the big run. You can hear from them in the video player above.
The FOX 2 Weather Authority teams says temps will probably be in the mid 30s when the marathon starts at 7 a.m. on Sunday, October 21. The day looks like it's shaping up to be pretty sunny, though, without a threat of wind or rain. The course takes runners over the Ambassador Bridge, through the Detroit-Windsor tunnel and around Detroit.
Anderson suggests layering, and then discarding as you go along if you need to. That's what he says he did in 2014 when he won the race.
"Always plan to be a little chilly at the start, so if you're comfortable when you walk out of your home or your hotel room - you're probably overdressed," he says. He recommends the layer closest to your skin be moisture-wicking, and have your outer layer be your thermal layer.
For your legs, it depends most on what you're comfortable with, but Anderson says an ankle-length tight or legging will keep you warmest and driest.
"The more skin that's covered with something fitted like that, the less chance for a chill. And it keeps some of the wind off and helps some of the muscles work a bit better through the longer miles of your race," he says.
More than 25,000 people are expected at all of the races this year. Online registration has closed for the big races, though you can still sign up for any of the U.S.-only races at the Health & Fitness Expo on Saturday.
You can keep an eye on the weather this weekend with your FOX 2 Weather app.