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:
- Have a running plan. Start small and 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, heat stroke can be a huge danger for runners.
- Get a good pair of running shoes. Go to a professional to get your shoes fitted to you, and change them every 300 miles. Old or ill-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. Run in an area with other runners and know your neighborhood. Well-used trails where other people 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.
- Use reflective lights. Many runners take advantage of LED lights when running at night.
- Be aware of intersections. After a long run, it can easy to run in front of a car as your senses may be exhausted.
- Carry some type of identification with you. Even if you write it on a piece of paper or card that can be slipped inside your shoe, include pertinent medical information and emergency contact numbers.
- Avoid wearing a headset. This could prevent you from hearing traffic or someone who might want to harm you.
- Trust your senses. When someone is approaching you, even if they simply want directions, you should maintain a safe distance.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact Bryan Caulfield today for a free consultation. He will fight for your rights to receive fair and just compensation for your injuries.