To date, Tampa Bay’s run by Gasparilla Distance Classic Association has donated 3.9 million dollars. As a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, they are dedicated to raising funds for charitable youth organizations and running programs in the Tampa Bay area. As runners test their endurance, limits, and spirit they help raise awareness and funds for Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa, Girls Inc. of Pinellas, The Friends of Tampa Parks & Recreation and youth running related programs. This awesome feat of human spirit is possible because of the time and dedication each runner has invested before the big day. These practices, and running a race do hold some risks for runners of which they should be aware. To avoid injuries in your runs, as well as dangers such as mugging, here are some tips to keep you safe and running across the finish line:
- Stretch before running
- Have a running plan, start small work your way up! Couch to 5k is a great resource to get your running plan started.
- Stay hydrated. Adjust to your seasons with your water intake. When the weather warms up it can take runners unawares. Heat stroke can be a huge danger for runners, even if it occurs once the feeling can stay with you every time you get too heated.
- Get a good pair of tennis shoes. Go to a professional to get your shoes fitted to you, and change them every 300 miles. Old or bad fitting shoes often cause plantar fasciitis and shin splints.
- Pay attention to your body. Know the difference between discomfort and pain. You can run through discomfort; it is a warning, but pain means something is wrong and you should get it checked out by a doctor.
- Run in a well-lit area, preferably in an area where other runners are running and know your neighborhood. Well-used running trails where other runners are frequently running tend to be a safe option.
- Run with a partner. Not only is this great for accountability, but it is a protective measure.
- Carry pepper spray– this could be a deterrent for an attacker or aggressive dog.
- Running at Night, you must have reflective lights, many runners take advantage of LED lights.
- Be aware of intersections, after a long run it can easy to run in front of a car as your senses may be exhausted.
Bryan Caulfield takes great pride in helping injury victims hurt as a result of a car accident, motorcycle accident, truck accident or through medical negligence, and families who have suffered a wrongful death as a result of negligence. There is no fee or costs unless you win. Call for a fast free consultation at 1-800-535-2529, or contact Bryan Caulfield online
Clark, Josh. “The Couch-to-5K ® Running Plan | C25K Mobile App.” Coolrunning.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 May 2015.
Gasparilla Distance Classic Association, Inc. “Mission Statement.” GDCA RSS. N.p., 02 Nov. 2011. Web. 30 May 2015.