By Michael Dorausch, D.C.
Goal for Sunday: Keeping Thousands of Volunteers & Runners as Warm, Dry & Safe as Possible
LOS ANGELES — With weather reports forecasting possible showers for race weekend, the Honda LA Marathon is offering advice for runners and making strategic contingency plans to help runners, volunteers and medical stations stay as dry and warm as possible if it rains on race day this Sunday, March 18.
Glenn Ault, M.D., associate dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and medical director for the Honda LA Marathon, offers a number of tips for running in the rain.
“Though the weather forecast changes daily, runners should be prepared for the event of rain to help keep them more comfortable during the race,” said Ault. “While we can’t control nature, there’s a lot runners can do to minimize problems caused by wet weather.”
Here are Dr. Ault’s tips:
“By following these simple tips, elite runners and recreational runners alike can ensure they have the best possible race experience no matter what the weather is like,” said Ault.
Race officials have made extensive preparations for the possibility of rain and will update their contingency plans as race preparation continues.
“We’re confident that by coordinating our efforts with the Fire Departments in all four jurisdictions and Keck Medical Center of USC, we’ll have enough equipment and support to keep our runners, volunteers and medical personnel as dry, warm and comfortable as possible on race day,” said LA MARATHON LLC Chief Operating Officer Nick Curl. “Whatever the weather brings on Sunday, we’re working to make this year’s race the best one yet.”
Rain contingency preparation includes the following:
To further plan for wet weather, the Honda LA Marathon is working closely with the Santa Monica Fire Department, which has jurisdiction at the finish and Los Angeles City Fire Department, which has jurisdiction at the start and through much of the course, as well as LA County Fire and the Beverly Hills Fire Department. Keck Medical Center of USC physicians and medical staff will have medical tents at strategic locations along the course, at the finish line, post finish area and family reunion area. Also, the American Red Cross is working with the Santa Monica Fire Department to provide blankets and first aid in Santa Monica.
ABOUT THE RACE: The Honda LA Marathon gives runners and fans a unique way to experience the beauty and diversity of Los Angeles. Now in its third year, the iconic Stadium to the Sea course starts at Dodger Stadium, goes through Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Echo Park and Silver Lake, and passes world-famous landmarks such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Sunset Strip and Rodeo Drive. The race ends on Ocean Avenue near the Santa Monica Pier. The energy, enthusiasm and entertainment along the course are unparalleled.
Source: Los Angeles Marathon
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