With thunderstorms forecast, Crim Festival of Races releases weather policy

Published: Aug. 24, 2018 at 4:36 PM EDT
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(8/24/2018) - Organizers of the Crim Festival of Races are prepared to act if thunderstorms forecast for Saturday morning's events threaten safety.

ABC12 First Alert Weather Meteorologist Brad Sugden is calling for a chance of scattered rain early in the morning with a line of thunderstorms moving through between 7 and 10 a.m.

Storms have a slight chance of bringing lightning, heavy downpours and some gusty winds. Scattered rain showers are possible through the early afternoon.

Temperatures will be in the mid-60s when the races are scheduled to start and warm into the upper 70s through the afternoon.

If lightning is seen, all races will be delayed until 30 minutes after the last bolt of lightning is spotted. All runners, spectators and race officials will be directed to seek shelter immediately.

Shelter for Crim participants and spectators is available the following locations:

-- Riverfront Banquet Center (Commit to Fit Health and Fitness Expo Hall).

-- University Pavilion.

-- James Rutherford Parking Ramp.

-- Downtown Parking Ramp adjacent to Riverfront Banquet Center.

-- University of Michigan­-Flint parking ramp just east of the festival lot.

-- State of Michigan Parking Ramp just north of the festival lot.

If hazardous weather develops during a race, courses will be closed and runners will be directed to seek shelter immediately. Kettering University has facilities available for shelter at Chevrolet and University avenues, along with Powers Catholic High School at the corner of Court Street and Miller Road.

Ambulances and police vehicles will pull across the course to block runners and personnel will provide instruction for where to seek immediate shelter. When safe, runners will be directed back to the downtown area, generally along Kearsley Avenue.

See "Related Documents" on the right side of this story for the full weather plan and a map with downtown shelter locations.