LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Given the forecast for Saturday, runners taking part in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon are likely to get wet.
KDF officials say they're monitoring the forecast, but are advising folks to be prepared.
On Friday runners, most of whom have have been training for Saturday for some time, were picking up their packets at the Kentucky International Convention Center.
"I'm very excited, I've been training for it for awhile," Ohio resident Matt Silveira said.
That commitment isn't going to dampen runners' spirits, no matter what the forecast has in store.
"I know it's supposed to rain tomorrow (Saturday)," Shelbyville runner Wallace Kand said. "As far as me, I'm already committed."
Kentucky Derby Festival is working closely with the National Weather Service to monitor the conditions. In the past 43 years KDF has never had to cancel the race, and only severe weather conditions that create a potential danger, such as lightning, could cause delays or cancellations.
The best thing runners can do is stay in touch with KDF.
"Pay attention to your email you provided us to," KDF Vice President of Events Matt Gibson said. "Sign up for our runner tracking that is available at Derbyfestivalmarathon.com and that way they can help us communicate to them."
If there is a weather-related incident while runners are on course they'll notified at medical location tents and water stops, where they can also get help. There will also be PA systems throughout the course and plenty of police out as well.
KDF has partnered with Miller Transportation so if there is severe weather during the race people can be loaded on to buses.
The rain will impact what runners wear as well. Veteran marathon runners advise not wearing cotton, including cotton socks. Instead, they advise, wear lightweight wicking material. There are other tips too.
"(Wear) a visor, or hat, to keep the rain out of your face and any Bodyglide or anti-chaffing cream. Make sure you put plenty of that on the places you need to put it," Norton Healthcare Sports Health Coordinator Daniel Delph said. "That way you'll have a happy finish line and you'll be smiling at the end."
The Balloon Glow is still scheduled for 9 p.m. Friday night at the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center. As for the Great Balloon Race on Saturday morning, KDF says it will likely be canceled. But, stay tuned to the KDF and WAVE 3 News for updates.
Saturday's expected rain could also play havoc with other KDF events scheduled for next week.
The Great Steamboat Race is scheduled for Wednesday. High water could cancel the race. River conditions have postponed the race, as well as altered the course, in the past.
As for the Republic Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade, which is Thursday, rain will not stop the parade, but may cause some participants to withdraw. Only a severe storm posing a hazard to participants, or spectators, would cause a delay or cancellation.