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Endurance Races Can Put Your Health At Risk

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Experts say go see your doctor before attempting to cross the finish line. Experts say go see your doctor before attempting to cross the finish line.
GREENVILLE, S.C. - There are risks on race day.

“If you take on a race or event that is more than you prepared yourself for, that is when bad things can potentially happen,” said running expert Jon Stoehr.

Stoehr has been competing in various physical challenges for more than a decade. As manager of Fleet Feet in Greenville he has also been helping people get ready for their own personal best.

From military-style obstacle courses to long-distance races, hundreds of thousands participate in races. Many will agree that pushing the body to its limits is a sport, but the sight of a person collapsing and being hauled off in an ambulance can be scary, to say the least.

“It definitely raises some concerns,” says Luke Lennon of Greenville.

An Upstate man was seriously injured during Saturday’s Goodwill Mud Run. He is currently listed in critical condition, according to a spokesperson for Greenville Health System.

In Raleigh, two runners died Sunday near the finish line of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon.

Organizers report the deaths appear to be from natural causes.

Stoehr says endurance races can trigger underlying health conditions.

“It is a lot to put on your body; you have got to make sure you are prepared.”

As part of training for an event, Stoehr recommends going to see a doctor. Share any aches and pains you have encountered and be open about your family’s history of health issues.

“Even if you are in good shape, there is always a chance something could happen,” said Tom Rorabaugh, a conditioning specialist with GHS Life Center.

While death and life-threatening injuries do occur at races, it is uncommon and it should not keep you from trying a new event.

“We all want to push ourselves beyond our limits at times,” Rorabaugh said.

Related:
2 die during Raleigh Rock 'n' Roll half-marathon
Runner in Critical Condition After Goodwill Mud Run Injury


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