DELHI (IND): The Indian Medical Association is urging for the cancellation of the Delhi Half Marathon on 19 November due to dangerous high levels of air pollution, informs Business Insider India. The air quality index hit the “severe” level of 451 on a scale where the maximum reading is 500 and where anything above 100 is considered unhealthy by the Central Pollution Control Board.
Runblogrun opines: BBC news just broke the terrible reading of air pollution in Delhi. For comparison, during the recent fires in northern California, an air quality reading of 441 in San Francisco was higher air pollution than a year of normal pollution in San Francisco. A score of 451 out of 500 should not be one that any runner should run through. We applaud the Indian Medical Association on their concern for runners. It is terribly sad when a running event is cancelled, but this seems to make sense.