By Angela Spears
First Coast News
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Thousands of runners are gearing up for the Gate River Run. It is this Saturday, March 11. It is one of the most popular races in Jacksonville. Many runners have been training for months.
With a few days out, there are still some things you can do to get ready. Craig O'Neil, a long distance running coach, says your best rest will probably be Thursday. "Many people are so nervous that they can't the night before a race." Also, make sure you lay out your clothes the night before and give yourself plenty of time to get downtown for the race.
According to O'Neil, on race day, eat two hours before you run. He says it's best to eat foods that are digested easily and don't try any new foods (you don't want to get sick). He also says runners should be hydrated before the race. "It's not a good idea to carry a water bottle with you while you run." There are 6 water stations on the course. While running, experts recommend you drink 8 1/2 ounces every 15 minutes.
UF and Shands Jacksonville are the medical sponsors for the Gate River Run. More than 150 volunteers from the hospital will be on hand, as well as 75 massage therapists. There will be a medical treatment facility on site. Volunteers will be able to ice, tape or wrap injuries, provide blister and wound care, give you stitches if you fall and so much more.
Before the race, you can talk with experts to get any last minute questions answered. Just head to the Fairgrounds Thursday, March 9, and Friday, March 10. "Hydration and Nutrition" will be the topic from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. From 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., you learn about "Foot and Ankle Injuries." The sessions continue Friday, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. the topic will be "Shin Splits and Shoe Fitting." Then 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. you can learn about "Basic Injury Care."
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