Weather Updates

Check here for the latest information on severe weather alerts and race status for the Bearathon or follow us on Twitter and Instagram

 


 

Saturday, March 23 at 7:40 AM

The Bearathon will be slightly delayed this morning, but not long! The Half Marathon will begin at 8:15 AM and the 6K will begin at 8:35 AM. Runners, stay tuned to the stage for the most up-to-date information.

 


Saturday, March 23 at 5:45 AM 

The Bearathon race directors continue to monitor the weather conditions for this morning’s race with the guidance of local public safety officials.  At this time, the Bearathon is still slated to begin as planned at 8:00 AM, but we will continue to monitor weather developing that may affect the start of the race. 

We expect another notification to all participants prior to the beginning of the race, so please keep a close eye on social media (especially Twitter) and, if you have arrived at McLane Stadium, please pay close attention to announcements from the stage.  We will keep you informed along the way with another update expected around 7:30 AM.  We appreciate your patience as we seek to ensure the safety of all Bearathon participants.

Best,

Student Foundation


Email Sent to Registered Runners on Friday, March 22 at 4:30 PM

Subject: Additional Bearathon Weather Update

Good afternoon, Bearathon runners,

We have loved the energy of all of our runners today throughout packet pick-up at McLane Stadium and we join you in your excitement.  We want to continue to honor your training and the dedication you have for being in Waco with us this weekend. 

We remain positive about the prospects of the Bearathon occurring without any severe weather delays.  Our race directors continue to monitor the weather forecast for tomorrow morning’s race along with local public safety officials and meteorologists.  We plan to move forward with the race if only rain is in the forecast, so we encourage you to dress appropriately.  When severe weather and lightning begin to threaten our participants, we take measures to ensure everyone’s safety.  We do not make any decisions about race day lightly and we consider a variety of factors - both those in our control and those outside of our control.

We encourage you to stay tuned to the Bearathon Twitter and Instagram pages, keep an eye on our Weather Update page, and stay tuned to your email.  We commit to letting you know first thing in the morning (around 6:00 AM) if any decisions are made about the race cancellation due to adverse weather conditions. 

Thank you for your patience and we hope to see you tomorrow morning at McLane Stadium for a great race!

Best,

Student Foundation

 


 

We want to reassure our runners that we are constantly monitoring the weather forecast for this weekend’s race while consistent communication with local public safety authorities and meteorologists.  At this time, we remain hopeful that severe weather will not impact the Bearathon, but we remain mindful that the safety of all participants is our first concern.

Student Foundation will provide updates to this website throughout the weekend to provide our runners with the most up-to-date information about how weather conditions are affecting the Bearathon.  For quicker updates, we encourage you to follow us on Twitter and Instagram

Decisions about the status of the race are made, first and foremost, with safety of all participants in mind.  We do not make any decisions about race day lightly and we consider a variety of factors - both those in our control and those outside of our control. 

Below, you'll find answers to common questions that we anticipate should the race be delayed or cancelled due to inclement weather.  If you have any other questions, you may email us at StudentFoundation@baylor.edu and we will answer it as soon as possible.  Due to a large volume of emails, we may be delayed in our response, so we appreciate your patience with us at this time.


If the Bearathon is delayed...

How will we be notified if the race is delayed?  We will use all appropriate communication methods to ensure that you are informed about the race, including an announcement from the stage and Bearathon social media accounts (Twitter and Instagram) so that your friends and family may be updated on race conditions.  If a severe weather delay occurs during the race, please abide by the instructions of Student Foundation members at your Aid Station so that appropriate measures can be taken to bring you to safety.  

How long can the race be delayed?  Due to several factors outside of our control, the latest the race can begin is 9:30 AM for half marathon runners and 9:45 AM for 6K Runners.  If we cannot start the race safely by that time, the race will be cancelled. 

What about the prize money?  Prize money will not be provided unless a full race is conducted and all runners finish. 


If the Bearathon is cancelled...

How will I know if the race is cancelled?  You will know as soon as we can provide that information publicly, but we suggest you keep an eye on your email and our Twitter account for the most direct information.  This webpage will also be updated with the most up-to-date information.

Are you planning to reschedule the race?  No, we do not plan to reschedule the race for 2019.

Will I get a refund?  No, consistent with our refund policy and inclement weather policy, you will not receive a refund for the race.  However, we want to honor your hard work with a discount code that can be used for next year's race.  This policy is consistent with industry standards as we have made significant financial commitments to make the race possible.

Can I run the race on my own?  No, you are not permitted to run the race course on your own as a safe course depends on traffic management measures that will not be in place if the race is cancelled.

What about the prize money?  Prize money will not be provided unless a full race is conducted and all runners finish.   

Do I still get a finisher shirt and medal?  Yes, all registered runners are welcome to get finisher shirts and the runners registered for the half marathon will be allowed to pick up a finisher medal.  You are welcome to come pick up your finisher shirt and finisher medal (if appopriate) on the following dates, times and the select location listed below.  Please bring either your bib (if you already picked it up) or your confirmation email to verify your registration.

  • Saturday, March 23 - until 1:00 PM
    • Location: McLane Stadium Ticket Office - 1001 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
  • Sunday, March 24 - from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Ed Crenshaw Student Foundation Center on Baylor's Campus - 1522 S. 5th Street
  • Monday, March 25 through Friday, March 29 - from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM 
    • Location: Ed Crenshaw Student Foundation Center on Baylor's Campus - 1522 S. 5th Street