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Guest post: tips to keep in mind for running your race

This is a guest blog post by Steve Zich, executive director of the Community First Fox Cities Marathon Presented by Kimberly-Clark.

First we’d like to thank Affinity Medical Group – Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine for being a sponsor of the Community First Fox Cities Marathon Presented by Kimberly-Clark. Without the help of our community sponsors like Affinity, we would not be able to put on this family-friendly event or give back to deserving organizations.

The Marathon weekend of events is fast approaching. The weekend of events will take place Sept. 21-23, and we’d like to see you there! Whether you’re the most experienced runner or a beginner, we have an event for you to take part in (kids are welcome, too!). What better way to stay healthy and active? By participating in one of these events, you can take part in a celebration of community, health and wellness.

Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind if you plan on participating in any of this year’s Marathon events (or if you enjoy running in general):

  • Stay hydrated! If you are planning to run one of the longer races, be sure to take advantage of the water stations along the route. Hydration is important in preventing cramping and fatigue at any distance.
  • Be sure to stretch before and after your run to prevent injury. Start small, don’t try to go from barely running one day, to running a half marathon the next!
  • Avoid eating at least 30 minutes before your race. Eat light and healthy and allow food to settle before running. A banana or granola bars are good options. After your race, choose foods with potassium to help sore muscles.
  • When race day arrives, run like you’d normally run. Avoid wearing brand new running shoes, as they won’t be broken in and can cause pain and discomfort.

There is still time to register if you are interested in participating in one of the weekend’s races. If you want to learn more about the Fox Cities Marathon events, visit www.foxcitiesmarathon.org.

Steve Zich, executive director of Community First Fox Cities Marathon Presented by Kimberly-Clark

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