Dropouts Occur In Boston Marathon Due To Heat

Dropouts Occur In Boston Marathon Due To Heat

Boston : MA : USA | Apr 22, 2012 at 8:30 AM PDT
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Due to the rise of temperature, the runners were forced to endure the 116th Boston Marathon.

More or less 27,000 registered runners or about 16 percent apparently too marathon organizers with the purpose to defer into the next year’s race. However, there is no exact information of how many runners were forced out the unprecedented temperature.

Tom Menino, Mayor of Boston, told the runners who weren’t able to run on the previous race to think twice about tomorrow and maybe just come back the next year. Menino is concerned of anything that will happen. This is why he wanted everybody to think before they come for the marathon. They don't want to have any accidents in the event as well as don't want anybody overtaken by the heat.

Runners maintain coolness through their sweat but as the heat and high humidity is hitting the body of a person, these impede the cooling process.

By the time the heat hits above 70 degrees, the ability of the body to cool itself starts to lose. Once the temperature reach 80 degrees, that is the time that people may suffer from heat illnesses like heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

When heat exhaustion occurs to a person, symptoms like fainting, dizziness, headache and muscle cramps will be felt. If a person isn’t calm or doesn’t take it easy as he is experiencing heat exhaustion, the condition will get worse and might lead to heat stroke. -Heat stroke is a serious condition which takes places when a person is hit by a 104-degree body temperature that causes confusion or loss of consciousness.

Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya, a defending champion, only reached 30 kilometers in the race due to cramping.

Hydrating under the burning heat of the sun is helpful to stave off heat illness, but take note, drinking too much water can also be dangerous because it brings imbalance in sodium and other electrolytes.

Staying hydrating with a combination of water and dilute sports drinks or mixing and matching drinks is a better way to help you stave off the heat with a lesser risk of danger.

According to a report, marathon runners would just get used themselves to heat in advance of a hot race to prevent from getting heat exhausted or heat stroke.

The medical emergencies along the 26-mile is prepared according to the Boston Athletic Association but runners are warned to listen to their bodies as they join the run and bow out before when they need emergency care.

Hailey Young, a freelance writer and a charismatic person, likes visiting her grandma’s farm. She likes the bathing in a wooden type of hot tubs as much as she loves to plunge in pools. The way I see it, she feels more relief of soaking her body in a hot tub.

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