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Weather and Medical

Adverse Weather Policy

THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS
The Fifth Third River Bank Run and/or Fifth Third Junior will be canceled or delayed if any of the following weather conditions exist: Tornado Warning, Tornado Watch, Thunderstorm, “Heavy” Rain

START OF THE EVENTS
The start of any of the events can be delayed one hour from the posted start time if any of the above mentioned conditions exist.

CANCELLATION OF EVENTS
The events may be canceled if one of the following weather conditions exist: Tornado Warning, Tornado Watch or Thunderstorm Warning

AUTHORITY TO CANCEL THE EVENT
The Race Director, in accordance with management executives of Fifth Third Bank, Operations Director and local law enforcement, has the authority to cancel any of the events. If threatening weather conditions force cancellation of the event, no refunds will be provided and race services will cease.

BROADCAST OF CANCELLATION
NEWSRADIO WOOD 1300 AM & 106.9 FM, the event staff and announcers will communicate any delay and/or cancellation of Fifth Third Junior, on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 in Wyoming. NEWSRADIO WOOD 1300 AM & 106.9 FM, WOTV4, event staff and announcers will communicate the delay and/or cancellation for the Fifth Third River Bank Run on Saturday, May 13, 2017.  If event is canceled more than 24 hours prior to the start time,  we will post on Facebook and all participants will be notified by email.

Event Alert System

The Event Alert System (EAS) communicates the status of course conditions to participants on event day. The levels range from Low (green) to Moderate (yellow) to High (red) to Extreme (black) based on a variety of factors, including weather conditions.

Email and website communications during event week will inform participants of the current Event Alert System status and provide preparation tips based on advance weather forecasts.

Updates will be made at the Amway Sports and Fitness Expo via handouts at the Event Check-in area and public address announcements.

On event day, the current EAS status will be communicated via public address announcements and color-coded signs/flags at the start and finish lines and along the course at aid stations. 

All participants should familiarize themselves with the EAS prior to their event, remain alert for directions from event officials and announcers and take precautions to prepare properly for varying weather conditions.

 

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Medical Policy

If medical attention is required on the event course or at the finish line, medical staff is available to treat minor injuries and provide basic support. Insurance liabilities mandate that should a participant require and consent to an IV for fluid replacement or treatment of serious injuries, they must be transported to a local hospital at their own expense. Therefore, we urge you to abide by the following guidelines to prevent the need for such treatment.

Medical Instructions for Participants

In an effort to make the Fifth Third River Bank Run safe and enjoyable, please read the following medical guidelines carefully. It is important that participants attempting to participate be adequately prepared. Participants who have not prepared themselves with proper training should not attempt the 25K course.

PREVENTION OF PHYSICAL PROBLEMS: Avoid exercising to exhaustion within the week preceding your event. Remember, you will be participating on yesterday’s meals. Avoid fatty foods on event day. Athletes are encouraged to consume carbohydrates for 3-4 days prior to completion of their event.

Pre-run warm-up should be followed by stretching exercises of the calf, hamstring, quadriceps, groin and trunk muscles. If you begin to feel muscle tightness or cramps during your event, stop and stretch.

Blisters can be prevented by wearing well-fitted, broken-in shoes and soft light-weight socks. Remove pebbles immediately. Toenails should be trimmed. If you feel a hot spot developing, stop at an Aid Station for care.

Chafing occurs where clothing rubs against the skin. Chafing can be prevented by wearing loose-fitting clothing and applying petroleum jelly (available at a pre-event Aid Station on Monroe Avenue north of the starting line) or apply protective bandaging to susceptible areas such as nipples, armpits, neckline, groin and feet.

You will be one of many participants, so run/walk defensively. Watch out for other participants and yield if necessary.

PACE YOURSELF. Don’t burn yourself out by starting too quickly. Common sense is the key.

FLUID REPLACEMENT: Maintenance of adequate hydration is the most important preventive measure. However, when exercising in hot weather consider the following:

Don’t over drink. In longer runs/walks, sweat, which contains both water and electrolytes, is lost. Both need to be replaced to avoid medical complications. To avoid this, we suggest the following:

  1. Drink 16 oz of fluid 1-2 hours prior to starting your event
  2. Drink another 8-16 oz ½ hour prior to your event
  3. During your event, drink no more than 3-6 oz per mile (3 oz if you weigh about 100 lbs or 6 oz if you weigh about 200 lbs).
    Adjust the rate of fluid intake to event pace: slower event pace=slower drinking rate (8 min pace: 10-12 oz/20 min) (9-10 min pace: 8 oz/20 min) (over 10 min pace: 4-6 oz/20 min).


COURSE SERVICES

  • There are many Aid Stations along the event course, you do not have to drink at each one
  • Consider using a sports drink (such as Gatorade) to replenish fluid – it has electrolytes in it
  • Water will be available at the Pre-Event Aid Station just outside of DeVos Place on both sides on Monroe Ave
  • Clif Gel Shots (organic Strawberry and Vanilla) will be on the 25K course, just prior to the 6 mile mark near Aid Station #4
  • Water and Gatorade are available at every 25K Aid Station, located at 3, 4.5, 6, 7.5, 9, 10.5, 12, 13.5 and 14.5 miles
  • Ice and orange slices will be added after the 25K half-way point near Veterans Memorial Drive and Butterworth Ave
  • Medical Staff and Radio personnel are at each aid station: Look for Metro Health Staff for assistance - if you do not require medical transport, race transportation will be provided to bring you back to the finish area)

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY: Be cautious about taking anti-inflammatory (Motrin, Advil, Ibuprofen, Aleve) 24 hours prior to your event. During exercise, the kidneys play a key role in regulating electrolytes to prevent dehydration. Anti-inflammatory affect the kidneys ability to regulate these electrolytes and may cause other medical problems. Taking Tylenol is okay.

INFORMATION TENT: Located near Calder Plaza, staff can contact the Medical Area (located near Lyon/Ottawa) for the whereabouts of any participants that have dropped out or have been transported to a hospital. PLEASE INFORM FAMILY OR FRIENDS OF YOUR PARTICIPANT NUMBER AS THIS WILL ASSIST IN FINDING YOU IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

Fifth Third River Bank Run

PO Box 2194
Grand Rapids, MI  49501-2194
616.771.1590   |   runinfo@53riverbankrun.com

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