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Potential storms cancel Sunday’s Clearwater Distance Classic

Potential storms cancel Sunday's Clearwater Distance Classic

  • Potential storms cancel Sunday’s Clearwater Distance Classic
  • The half-marathon went on, despite wind gusts of up to 44 miles per hour, according to Tampa Bay Running News.
  • According to the Distance Classic website, Sunday’s marathon was to be the only marathon held on the west central coast this year and would count as a Boston Marathon qualifier.
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  • The race series had been set for Sunday morning at Coachman Park’s waterfront, featuring a 50K, a marathon, a half-marathon, a 5-mile race and an untimed 5K walk.

The popular Clearwater Distance Classic has been canceled due to potential foul weather, quashing the plans of hundreds of runners, according to city officials.

@TB_Times: Potential storms cancel Sunday’s Clearwater Distance Classic

The popular Clearwater Distance Classic has been canceled due to potential foul weather, quashing the plans of hundreds of runners, according to city officials.

The race series had been set for Sunday morning at Coachman Park’s waterfront, featuring a 50K, a marathon, a half-marathon, a 5-mile race and an untimed 5K walk.

Thunderstorms are expected to sweep through the Tampa Bay area Saturday night through late Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

Last year, several events, including the marathon, were also canceled due to heavy rains, high winds and flooding. The half-marathon went on, despite wind gusts of up to 44 miles per hour, according to Tampa Bay Running News.

According to the Distance Classic website, Sunday’s marathon was to be the only marathon held on the west central coast this year and would count as a Boston Marathon qualifier.

“Our goal is to provide a circled date on everyone’s new calendar to come together in the spirit of good health,” the site says. The race appealed to out-of-state vacationers looking to mix a beach vacation with a distance race.

Potential storms cancel Sunday’s Clearwater Distance Classic

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