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Wednesday, 11 March 2015 21:53

ASICS LA Marathon Prepares for Record High Race Day Temperatures

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Race Will Start 30 Minutes Earlier; Medical Director Offers Preparation Tips for Runners - LOS ANGELES-- The current weather forecast for Sunday, March 15th calls for record high heat. The weather conditions pose a high level of risk for marathoners and all participants should be advised to take precaution. Everyone who participates should strongly consider running at a slower pace than they would normally plan to run a marathon.

“We have been closely monitoring the forecast for Sunday’s race and in collaboration with our city agency partners and medical teams, we have decided to  start the  ASICS LA Marathon 30 minutes earlier,” said Tracey Russell, Chief Executive of LA MARATHON LLC. “Changing the start of the marathon is no easy undertaking. Working with the four city jurisdictions and the Veteran’s Administration, all of our partners have been incredibly supportive to help make this happen.”

 

The ASICS LA Marathon is taking the following measures to reduce the risks:

·         Moving the ‘full field’ start time 30 minutes earlier - from 7:25 am to 6:55 am

·         Initiating wave starts to ensure proper runner spacing and enabling more efficient replenishment of supplies at early aid stations

·         Increasing the overall supply of aid, including additional water and Gatorade Endurance Formula at all 24 aid stations

·         Providing 'cooling buses' along the course and at the finish line

·         Providing misting stations, cold towels and ice

·         Extending the length of time finish line services will be available

·         Providing regular updates as to additional resources added for the event

 

Aid Stations

The ASICS LA Marathon has set up 24 fully-staffed aid stations along the course that feature both water and Gatorade Endurance Formula (Lemon-Lime). Aid stations will be featured at every mile beginning at Mile 2 until Mile 25. At each aid station, electrolyte tables will be first, followed by water. If the first aid tables at any aid station are crowded, participants should continue moving through the aid station to the next set of tables in order to minimize congestion and provide all runners with convenient access to obtaining fluids.

 

Medical Support

There is medical support at the start and finish lines as well as along the course. Beginning at mile 6, medical tents are staged every two miles along the course - miles 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, and 24. Medical tents are located at the finish line and in the post food & fluid area on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. Medical stations are staffed with volunteer physicians, nurses and assistants, and are coordinated by Keck Medicine of USC.

 

                Medical Advice

As more than 26,000 runners prepare to take to the streets of Los Angeles for the 30th edition of the ASICS LA Marathon, Marathon Medical Director Glenn Ault, M.D. of Keck Medicine of USC reminds runners to take proper precautions for race day.

 

"While we are anticipating warmer temperatures for Sunday's race, we are confident in our level of preparedness and the resources we have available to support a positive race day experience for all participants," said Ault. “We are partnering with city agencies in the four cities the marathon pass through. Additionally, we coordinate volunteer physicians, residents, nurses and staff from Keck Medicine of USC as well as from medical facilities and hospitals in Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica to help runners who experience medical issues during the race.”

 

Dr. Ault also offers the following preparation tips to all participants:

·         Hydrate. Drink the proper amount of fluids, both water and electrolytes.

·         Study the race course. Be aware of water and aid station locations.

·         Listen to your body. If you’re dizzy, lightheaded, nauseous, vomiting or in a lot of pain, go to a water or medical station with staffed medical personnel and get help immediately.

·         Dress appropriately—avoid cotton fabrics, long sleeves and long pants. Wear lightweight, breathable fabrics (“technical” running gear) that will help to keep you cool.

·         At the finish line, keep moving to acclimate your body to a more sedentary state. Watch for “hot walkers” assigned to help runners keep moving if you need assistance.

 

Contacts:               Molly Biddiscombe, ASICS LA Marathon Media Center

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860-539-2492

 

About LA Marathon LLC

LA MARATHON LLC, a subsidiary of McCourt Global, creates world-class experiences that ignite passion in athletes and connect communities through the transformative power of sport. The ASICS LA Marathon is among the largest marathons in the country with more than 25,000 participants, thousands of volunteers and hundreds of thousands of spectators. The “Stadium to the Sea” course, starting at Dodger Stadium and finishing near the Santa Monica Pier, is one of the most scenic in the world, taking runners on a tour of Los Angeles past every major landmark. LA MARATHON LLC will host the 2016 Olympic Team Trials for Men’s and Women’s Marathon, awarded by USA Track & Field and the U.S. Olympic Committee, which will take place in Los Angeles February 13, 2016. For more information, please visit www.lamarathon.com.

 

ABOUT KECK MEDICINE OF USC

Keck Medicine of USC is the University of Southern California's medical enterprise, one of only two university-based medical systems in the Los Angeles area.  As part of the university’s USC Health initiative, the medical enterprise encompasses academic, research and clinical excellence, attracting internationally renowned experts who teach and practice at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the region’s first medical school. The medical enterprise also includes the renowned USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of the first comprehensive cancer centers established by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States; operates the Keck Medical Center of USC, which includes two acute care hospitals: 401-licensed bed Keck Hospital of USC and 60-licensed bed USC Norris Cancer Hospital; and owns USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, a 158-licensed bed community hospital. It also includes more than 40 outpatient facilities, some at affiliated hospitals, in Los Angeles, Orange, Kern, Tulare and Ventura counties. The medical faculty physician group, USC Care Medical Group, practices at the above facilities as well as at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and  Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center (LAC+USC).

 

U.S. News & World Reportranked Keck Medical Center of USC among the Top 10 in ophthalmology (No. 9), and among the Top 25 hospitals in the United States for urology (No. 20) and cancer care (No. 23) and the Keck School of Medicine at No. 31 among medical schools nationwide.

 

For more information, go to www.KeckMedicine.org/beyond

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