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May 23, 2014

Saturday brings cool running weather

TRAVERSE CITY — Traffic on Bayshore Drive and Bluff Road will be limited to local traffic only as runners lace up and compete in Saturday's Bayshore Marathon.

Buses will be using Peninsula Drive and Wilson Road to transport race spectators, and Grand Traverse County sheriff patrols, paramedics and course marshals will be stationed throughout the course and viewing area.

Weather conditions will be cool and calm as the marathon kicks off at 7:15 a.m. on College Drive.

Skies will be mostly sunny, and temperatures will be in the mid- to upper-40s at the start of the race, said Timothy Locker, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gaylord.

Temperatures will rise to the mid-50s by about 10 a.m. and peak in the upper-60s on the peninsula. Temperatures in Traverse City could reach 72 degrees.

Sunday and Monday will see high temperatures near 80 degrees, and there's an elevated fire danger Sunday afternoon and evening, Locker said.

"It's going to be gusty, there will be low relative humidity values and temperatures near 80 are all indications for elevated fire danger," he said.

There's a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Memorial Day in the afternoon and evening, but Locker said it shouldn't ruin outdoor activities for the day.

"It shouldn't be a wash out," Locker said. "It will be hit-and-miss showers and thunderstorms. If you happen to get under a strong one you could get a lot of rain, but it depends on where they actually develop."

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