Preventing Injury & Illness: The Do’s and Don’ts!

In order to try to prevent injury and illness during the race, do take note of the following points.

  • Avoid wearing new equipment such as shoes or clothing for the first time in the race.
  • It is a night race, so run on the side of pathway or road that is the brightest.
    • Also, don’t wear sunglasses!
  • Practice your hydration and nutrition strategies before the race.
    • Do not use any new gels/food that you haven’t tried before, as they may lead to emergency pitstops to the toilets on the course.
  • Take your regularly prescribed medication.
    • Unless specifically advised by your doctor to omit it on race day.
  • If you are actively unwell or recently had a fever (within 48 hours), please do not attempt to race.
  • Please do not take anti-inflammatory medication prior to the race for musculoskeletal pain, as it can affect your body’s ability to control your core temperature.
  • Please do not take banned or any performance enhancing drugs, as ignorance is not an excuse!

Say Hi and encourage your fellow running family members! It makes the journey to the finish line shorter…

Smile and enjoy the race!

Dr. Cormac O’Muircheartaigh

Chief Physician SCSM 2019

Specialist Sports Physician