That might come in handy someday.
Not this year.
“It’s good that we don’t have to implement it,” McGillivray said after reciting the latest “wet bulb globe” forecast, which takes into account not just the temperature but also the humidity that can make it feel even hotter.
But not all the potential problems are weather-related. Last Monday, a week before the race, there was a water main break on the course near the start in Hopkinton and another near the finish in Boston.
“We spent 12 months planning for a 100-degree day because it could happen,” McGillivray said. “You’re planning for a weather event, and then something like this happens.”