Why officials chose not to pull plug on Albany Marathon

Severe weather hit Albany Saturday just as the Albany Marathon got under way / File

The Albany Marathon got a little weather-worn Saturday, but officials in charge say they were watching the weather the whole time.

Barry Cohen, one of the race directors said a whole team was listening to weather reports that week and listening to the national weather service all during the race.

And they made sure to keep in contact with each other early Saturday morning--even while tornado sirens went off in the city.

"Literally in constant contact as the alarm went off, and where this tornado they thought would touch down and the fact that it wasn't going to come near Albany, I think as close as it got was Putney or in that area," says Cohen.

If things had taken a turn for the worse, the race could have been called off in a moment's notice, thanks to a radio club and monitors on vehicles along the race route.

The decision to sound the sirens was dictated by certain standards of the National Weather Service in Tallahassee, Florida.

Cohen says a tornado only came as close as Putney Saturday.

Cohen still considers Saturday's race a success, since most of the runners showed up and weren't concerned about the weather.

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