June 26, 2000
MAYOR'S MIDNIGHT SUN MARATHON....
It's an unusual marathon! At a pre-race pasta banquet, the race
director warned runners to beware of bear and moose on the race
course. I didn't see any, but others sighted moose during the race!
Of course, the sun was up long before we were, even at 5 am to catch
buses to the start. It's hard to sleep in Anchorage at this time
of year anyway. The sun radiates energy, giving you plenty of energy
and little desire to sleep. If that isn't enough to keep you going
for 26.2 or 13.1, the scenic views will be! (penguin's
Boston PFS was a huge success, according to participant reports.
We serendipitously lucked into a local track meet on Saturday night!
Toronto PFS is coming up in July, then Salem and Chicago in August.
The deadline to register for Toronto Penguin Flight School, July
20-23, is Approaching fast! Contact Karen ([email protected])
ASAP if you want to attend. Chicago PFS, August 25-27, will be held
at the Hampton Inn, 1300 East Higgins Road, Schaumburg, IL. Near
Woodfield Mall (good shopping) and Busse Woods (great running!)
DEHYDRATION AND WORSE....
It's the time of year when runners need to be careful--no, obsessive--about
getting enough fluids. Overexposure to high temps and humidity can
lead to heat exhaustion. It's critical that you be able to recognize
the signs andsymptoms of overexposure. Early recognition can prevent
Heat exhaustion is caused by loss of body fluids and important
salts. If untreated, heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke. Heat
stroke is a medical emergency caused by the failure of the heat-regulating
mechanism of the body.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion (excessive water loss): headache, nausea,
fatigue, dizziness or lightheadedness, active sweating. The skin
may be cool and pale. The victim is usually conscious, but may faint.
Core body temp may exceed 102.
Treatment: Get to a shady place or air-conditioned room. Keep cool.
Increase fluids. Use cold, wet towels or a fan to cool off. An IV
may be necessary to replenish lost fluids.
Heat stroke (failure of the body's heat controlling mechanisms)
is a medical emergency!
Symptoms: headache, flushed/dry/warm skin, rapid/bounding pulse,
incoherent speech. The victim may be disoriented, confused, aggressive,
and will possibly lose consciousness. Core body temps rise over
Treatment: Immediate action required. Get to shade or air-conditioning.
Remove most of clothes. Apply cold, wet towels. Use a fan to increase
airflow. Get the victim to an emergency room.
THE PENGUIN'S APPEARANCES....
John's in Calgary (Alberta, Ontario) for the Calgary Stampede
Run-Off this weekend, June 30-July 2. He'll be speaking Saturday,
at the Pre-Race Brunch, 9:30-11:30 am. At the IMAX Theatre, Eau
Claire Market, 132-200 Barclay Parade S.W. Or look for him at the
Running Room booth in the expo on Friday and Saturday. And on Sunday
look for Canadian penguins in the marathon, marathon relay, 10K,
and 5K! (full calendar)
RUNAWAY TO ITALY....
The deadline to reserve a place for the 'Runaway to Italy with
the Penguin' trip is fast approaching--July 1st! A large group of
Penguins going, but there's still room!!
We'll be "stationed" in Florence the week of November 21-28, 2000.
The hotel is a short walk from a major train station facilitating
day trips to Rome, Milan, Pisa and other Italian destinations, although
a week in Florence is not long enough to see its sights.
The Firenze Marathon and Half Marathon take place on November 26th.
Penguins will be participating and scream teaming. The course winds
past the Santa Croce, El Duomo, through a beautiful park and down
cobblestone streets. You'll find more information in the Penguin's
That's all for now folks. Be careful out there! It's way too
hot. As the (in)famous Satch says--drink, drink, drink! And replenish
those electrolytes too!