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HEAT WAVE ALERT FOR RUNNERS: SAFETY COMES FIRST

 NEW YORK, July 6 /PRNewswire/ -- If you're going to be among the thousands of runners participating in this week's Chemical Corporate Challenge in Central Park, or just enjoy outdoor exercise, Runner's World magazine has some simple advice on how to stay safe during the high-temperature, high-humidity weather expected over the next few days in the Northeast.
 -- Drink Plenty of Water: During the summer you should drink a full glass of water every hour of the day, and at least one before you go out to run. Also drink from fountains along the way and don't forget to splash water on your face and neck. Getting a drink once every couple of miles is a good yardstick.
 -- Run at Sunrise or Sunset: Remember the rhyme about mad dogs and Englishmen. Morning running helps you avoid hot sunlight, but you may encounter more humidity. Evening running is certainly cooler, but you still need plenty of fluids. Avoid running between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun is at its peak.
 -- Wear the Right Clothes: Always wear light, loose clothing and opt for tree-lined streets or shaded trails over open or paved roads. Carry a water bottle if you take to the wilderness for a run.
 -- Know Yourself: If you've experienced heat stress in the past, you're especially susceptible to it now and in the future. Keep your running simple and don't expect to perform at peak levels during the heatwave.
 -- Monitor Your Heat Range: If you can't keep your regular pace, slow down and take a break if necessary. If you experience chills, stop immediately and rest in a cool place; it's a sign your system is about to turn off.
 -- Wear a Hat and Sunglasses: A hat will keep your head from overheating, and sunglasses protect your eyes from the sun's damaging ultraviolet rays.
 -- Run on Grass if Possible: If you can find a grass pasture or field to run on, take advantage of it during the hot days. The cooler surface will keep your feet from feeling the heat of hot pavement.
 -- Don't Forget the Suntan Lotion: A host of new sports suntan lotions can keep your skin from getting burned, and won't cause you any irritation to your skin or eyes.
 Runner's World is a publication of Rodale Press, the nation's leading publisher of health and fitness magazines.
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 /CONTACT: Patrick Taylor of Rodale Press, 215-967-8621, or George Hirsch, publisher of Runner's World, 212-697-2040/


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