London Marathon says reconsider fancy dress in record heat

Kenya's Daniel Wanjiru, Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele, Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge and Ethiopia's Guye Adola pose for a picture during the media day at the Tower Hotel, London, Thursday, April 19, 2018. London marathon will be raced Sunday. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)
Kenya's Daniel Wanjiru, left, and Eliud Kipchoge pose for a picture in front of Tower Bridge during the media day at the Tower Hotel, London, Thursday, April 19, 2018. London marathon will be raced Sunday. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)

LONDON — London Marathon runners have been urged to reconsider dressing up in fancy costumes because Sunday's race is set to be the warmest on record.

Forecasts indicate sunshine and a temperature of 23 degrees Celsius (74 F), beating the previous high of 22.2 in 2007.

Extra water, ice, showers and medical stations will be available to runners throughout the 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometer) course.

"Anyone wearing fancy dress, look at whether it's appropriate in the conditions. If you think it's not appropriate, don't do it in fancy dress," race director Hugh Brasher said Thursday. "People are urged to wear sunscreen and appropriate clothing. Listen to your body. Change your race plan."

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