Colored flags will be located at each aid station and at the finish line area to alert runners to changing course and weather conditions. In cases of emergency, please follow the instructions below. In rare instances, it may be necessary to either close the race course or re-route participants. If this occurs, it is being done for the safety of the participants and volunteers.
||Event canceled. Extreme and dangerous conditions or course emergency
||Extreme conditions: Participation stopped / Seek shelter immediately Course emergency: Follow directions from public safety officials, race staff and volunteers.
||The race is stopped. Finish times will not be published and no awards are given after a red flag. Runners should go to the nearest water station for shuttle transfer to the finish line.
||Less than ideal conditions
||Slow down / Drink plenty of water
| Enjoy the event / Be alert
RED FLAG - Conditions for a Red Flag situation are complicated and need explanation.
How is Red Flag conditions determined?
The Madison Marathon does not use temperature alone in calling a Red Flag situation. The race's medical and meteorological staffs have developed a matrix that incorporates sports physiology recommendations based on geographic location with up-to-the minute weather data including, but not limited to, temperature, humidity, dew point, and wind speed. This matrix is constantly being monitored before and during the event and if a combination of these elements creates a Red Flag situation this is immediately communicated to race officials.
What happens when Red Flag conditions occur?
The simple answer is the race is stopped. The more elaborate answer is that when conditions warrant Red Flags the staff must determine where on the course to stop runners. Next, resources (staff, volunteers, law enforcement, buses, etc) must be moved to that location to facilitate a shutdown of the event and to relocate participants from the stopping point back to the Finish Line.