The Twin Cities Marathon from Minneapolis to St. Paul scheduled for Sunday was canceled due to “black flag conditions.” 

Officials canceled the race due to the threat of forecasted extreme heat in the 80s and humidity, weather conditions that were deemed too dangerous for participants. The cancelation put a damper on the participation of 8,000 runners, that were set to compete in the 42nd installment of the marathon. It will also leave thousands of spectators who had planned to witness the marathon from the streets of both cities disappointed.

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The black-flag status was given to the race due to Sunday’s weather conditions which means “extreme and dangerous conditions.” This prompted their cancellation.

In an e-mail early Sunday morning to the participants, race organizers said “the latest weather forecast update projects record-setting heat conditions that do not allow a safe event for runners, supporters, and volunteers.”

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Earlier this week, when the races were being considered for red-flag conditions, Twin Cities in Motion (TCM), organizers of the event, had telegraphed about the caution for runners. The event was finally canceled when the race was deemed to be confirmed for the black-flag status.

“It saddens Twin Cities in Motion and its partners to be unable to hold races that runners have been pointing to for months, but the safety of participants and the community will always be our primary concern,” the TCM said in their statement.