More than 50 athletes urged the organizers to move up the start time in an open letter.
International runners are requesting a modification in the marathon start time due to their concerns over the heat during the races at the European Championships. More than 50 athletes urged the organizers in an open letter to change the start to the morning to safeguard the athletes’ health. The interest organization Athleten Deutschland made this announcement on Monday.
On August 15, verdicts in the marathon are expected. Currently, the males begin an hour after the ladies at 10.30 a.m. The athletes would be at danger for heat sickness with predicted temperatures well above 30 degrees. The European Athletics Association has agreed to postpone the start times if the weather poses a health danger for the competitors.
“The task of the organizers is to safeguard the athletes’ health. We all want the marathon to reach as many people as possible, and broadcasting timeslots are undoubtedly crucial for this. However, such factors must not put the athletes’ health at unnecessary risk “, stressed Fabienne Königstein, a marathon runner and member of Athletes Germany’s executive committee. The marathon does not include Austria.