Cold Weather Sinks Into BCS For Winter Activities, BCS Marathon

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas The cold weather will have an impact for more than four thousand runners coming here for the BCS Marathon this weekend.

Thursday afternoon race organizers were getting ready for Sunday's race and last minute preparations to keep runners warm once they cross the finish line.

News 3 looked into how the weather is already affecting some big events planned for this weekend.

What a difference a day makes after we were close to 80 degrees Wednesday to the 30's Thursday night.

Sunday thousands of runners will run down 29th Street and all over Bryan / College Station as they compete in the BCS Marathon.

And organizers are figuring out ways to keep runners warm.

Preparations are getting started as cold weather sinks into Bryan / College Station.

Sunday morning more than 4,000 runners will hit the streets running the BCS Marathon and Half Marathon.

Chris Field is the Race Founder and says cold weather for the run is a good thing.

"From a runner's standpoint you would much rather it be cool than you would be warm. So we're going to continue to keep a close eye, we're working with several weather folks just to make sure we have a broad range of opinions. And if there's anything we need to do but chance of freezing rain is very very slim, which is really would be our major concern," Field explained.

As they sorted and unloaded items for race day a last minute order was rushed in; more than 3,000 foil blankets.

"To give the runners right after they finish to help them maintain their body temperature, but with cool weather there's just, you gotta just layer up," Chris Field said.

This chilly weather will be sticking around for a while as we're expected to only have highs in the 40's for the next seven days. The official start of winter is still more than two weeks away.

After nightfall snow came alive at Sue Haswell Park at the City of Bryan's annual Holiday Magic.

It included a man made snow hill and hot chocolate.

Paul Prado is enjoying the change.

"I like it for the kids cause it's I mean it gives them a spirit of winter and the Christmastime you know and I brought them out here to enjoy this weather. It's kind of cold but as long as they're having fun I'm doing good out here," he said.

Malik Hemani dressed for the chill too.

"Well I was expecting it was going to be cold but it got cold real quick," said Hemani.

While everything is a go for our marathon Sunday, one of the biggest concerns is for travelers from the Dallas-Fort Worth area on if they will be able to travel down.

Ice is expected there this weekend and 70 percent of this year's runners are from out of town.