By David Monti
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BOSTON (14-Apr) -- Concerned about the high temperatures forecast for Monday's 116th Boston Marathon, race officials announced here today that they were taking the unusual step of allowing any of the more than 27,000 entrants to defer their participation in the race until next year.

"Our first and strongest focus is on the safety of the people who are running," said Boston Athletic Association executive director Tom Grilk in a hastily called press conference this afternoon.  He continued: "We're doing everything we can to provide for their safety, but we need them to look out for themselves."

Grilk, flanked by his medical director Dr. Pierre D'Hemecourt and race director Dave McGillivray, said that while his organization was making sure that all safety precautions were being taken, he wanted each runner to be sure that he or she was confident about their ability to run in the heat.  If they were not, he said, he wanted those runners to skip running this year and run in next year's race, instead.  Any runner who picks up their number this year but does not start the race will be automatically qualified for the 2013 event.

"We don't want someone to think that they have to run," Grilk explained.  He added: "If you don't start, we'll allow you to defer your entry for a year."

Race director McGillivray said that this was not the first time that the race had allowed deferred entries. In 2010 when the eruption of a volcano in Iceland halted international air travel, organizers allowed 300 overseas athletes who were unable to make it to Boston to defer their entries until the following year.

Dr. D'Hemecourt said that people with "underlying medical problems," like coronary disease, and "unfit" runners should strongly consider sitting out the event.  He also said that well-trained recreational runners should dial back their expectations for their finish time.

"This is not a day for personal bests," Dr. D'Hemecourt said.

McGillivray told reporters that the race had a contingency plan for hot weather and, in concert with local and state officials and their water sponsor Poland Spring, there would be plenty of water for runners to drink throughout the course.

"It's pretty amazing to witness the cooperation with all the different agencies to make this thing safe for all of the runners," McGillivray said.  He continued: "Everything that can be done is being done."

Barry Burbank, a weather forecaster at local CBS affiliate WBZ, said today that "it would be at least 70 degrees (21C)" at the start of the race and be "at least 85 degrees (29C)" at the finish line.

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By Zach Dirlam

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Big 12 Preview: Divine Oduduru's Coming Out Party, NCAA Record Chase In HJ

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The Big 12 is one of the most well-rounded conferences in the NCAA, with solid sprint matchups, distance races, and even a potential high jump collegiate record battle set to go down in Ames, Iowa, this weekend at Iowa State's 300-meter track. Read on for a rundown of the top events to watch.

14 Athletes Set To Represent Canada At 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships

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Feb. 14 release courtesy of Athletics Canada:

House Of Run Podcast: Coleman, Nelvis, Brazier Show Out

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On this week's episode of the House of Run Jason and Kevin discuss Christian Coleman's world record, Sharika Nelvis's American record, the doubles by Shelby Houlihan and Paul Chelimo and all the other action from the 2018 US Indoor Championships.

Star-Studded 3K, 60mH Tiebraker Headline 2018 MPSF Indoor Championships

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By Taylor Dutch

Powerhouse teams from the Pac-12 and West Coast Conferences come together this weekend to compete at the 2018 MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championships, which you can catch LIVE on FloTrack.

Teahna Daniels Set To Extend Texas Sprints' Legacy At Big 12s

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By Lincoln Shryack

Texas sprinter Teahna Daniels wasted no time in becoming the fastest woman in Big 12 history. Less than two months into her NCAA career, back in 2016, Daniels won the 60m NCAA crown in 7.11 — the fastest ever by a freshman and then the fourth-best performance in collegiate history. She hadn’t even won a Big 12 title yet, but it was clear that the Longhorn freshman would soon dominate the conference.

The Best Races From The 2017 Big 12 Indoor Championships

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This weekend Ames, Iowa, will play host to the 2018 Big 12 Championship. Like 2017, FloTrack will have live coverage of the meet as teams chase a conference championship and qualifying marks to the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships. 

On The Run: NCAA Mile Champion Josh Kerr | Ep. 75

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NCAA mile and 1500m champion Josh Kerr of New Mexico joins Jojo and Kevin to discuss his approach to this weekend’s Mountain West Conference Championships, how his life has changed since he finished second at the Millrose Games, beating Edward Cheserek in the mile, following the collegiate scene growing up in Scotland, and choosing to attend New Mexico before he even visited the school. 

Cas Loxsom On Depression And The Realities Of Chasing The Running Dream

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We caught up with Cas Loxsom at this past weekend's USATF Indoor Championships in Albuquerque after the American indoor record holder dropped out of his race. 

Josh Kerr, Ednah Kurgat Highlight Mountain West Championships

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Some of the nation’s top distance runners will be action during the distance medley relay at the Mountain West Conference Championships. Ednah Kurgat, Allie Ostrander, Dillon Maggard, and Josh Kerr are all expected to play pivotal roles in their team’s chances on Thursday night. Outside of the distance medley relay, the four are expected to be in action throughout the three day meet which you can watch live on FloTrack.