Weather dampens plans for sports teams, changes route for marathon

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)- The rainy forecast is putting a damper on area school districts and local events that are hoping things dry up soon.

School districts tell us the weather this week has forced them to cancel dozens of spring sporting events and race organizers for the Eau Claire Marathon say the extra rain has them making new plans.

Just days before more than 2,000 lace up their running shoes for the Marathon Race Director Pat Toutant has his eyes on the banks of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers.

“The 5K course won't be affected. The marathon and half marathon course along the rivers will be we have alternate routes for any area that might possibly flood,” Toutant explained.

Toutant says they're preparing for the worst, but hoping the Eau Claire River near Phoenix Park doesn't flow onto the race route.

Over at Eau Claire's Memorial High School, the weather isn’t dampening the spirits of the track team who took to the outdoors for practice Wednesday afternoon. Coach Corey Fritz says the colder start to the season has kept them inside and rain this week forced them to cancel one of their meets.

“There will be excitement when the sun comes out and that first 70 degree day comes. The kids will show it in their effort on the track,” Fritz said.

Inside Memorial High the junior varsity soccer team traded cleats and grass for gym shoes and indoor drills. Coach Don Weber says so far this season three of their games have been rescheduled. He says this week's weather is making it tougher to make sure his team is ready come game time.

“Soccer is a 100 meter game. It's a big field so when you are in close quarters you can't work on your touches. Tactically there are certain things you can't duplicate inside,” Weber explained.

Despite the wet weather the girls on the JV team aren’t letting it get them down, but they do have some thoughts on the weather for the rest of the season.

“If it could maybe be overcast so we don't have to look into the sun. Not rainy, not windy but sunny with clouds,” Freshmen Carrie Kemmet said.

“I hope it’s nice, not too hot, not too cold,” Danielle Pathos added.

As for the routes along the river for the Eau Claire Marathon, the City of Eau Claire will be monitoring the level as the rain continues to fall. The National Weather service predicts the river will crest around 3 Ft. below flood stage on Friday morning.

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