HEALTH & SAFETY
Please look after yourself and try to stay away from the medical tent! In Singapore, heat takes on a whole new meaning: high temperatures and very high humidity. These combined put a great deal of stress to your body and places you at greater risk of developing a heat injury.
TO AVOID THIS, HERE ARE A FEW TIPS FROM OUR MEDICAL TEAM:
TRAIN IN SIMILAR CONDITIONS TO RACE DAY
Race day is going to be warm, so best to train in hot weather to prepare your body for the conditions. Note your wave start time and complete a couple of training sessions at the same time of day. Practice your hydration and cooling strategies prior to race day.
STAY WELL HYDRATED
A combination of water and sports drink before and during the event will help keep your performance up and your heat injury risk down. Stop at the drink stations and cool down with a cold water sponge while grabbing cups of water and electrolyte drinks.
NOT USED TO THE HEAT? START AT A SLOWER PACE
If this is your first time racing in Singapore or have been training in a cooler and less humid places, start your race at a slower pace than you normally would. Listen to your body and let it guide you to the best pace for you to race at.
BEEN FEELING UNDER THE WEATHER RECENTLY, PERHAPS WITH A FLU AND MUSCLE ACHES?
Check with the medical team before you take part in the race. Had diarrhoea or vomiting recently? This would have resulted in the loss of fluid and electrolytes, so ensure to replace these before race day.
EXPERIENCING UNDUE FATIGUE, HEADACHE, OR GIDDINESS DURING THE EVENT?
Slow your pace down and even take a short break. If things don’t improve, inform a race official and head to the medical tent.
Even as you take care of yourself before and during the event, keep an eye out for any fellow participant who might not be looking too well. If you see someone stumbling, running or walking in a strange way, or someone who seems to be really struggling, please stop and ask how they are. You may be doing that person a big favour by letting a race official know or by asking for medical help.
Here’s wishing you a wonderful, healthy and safe race!