The Boilermaker 15K & 5K Road Race

Boilermaker Medical Tips

When it comes to the medical teams, we’ve got the best. Our hope is that they will be bored on race day. You can help them stay bored by following some advice from Dr. John J. De Traglia, the Boilermaker Medical Director, and Dan Brodel, EMS Coordinator.

  • Drink enough water so that your urine is clear the night before the race. Drink one quart of water before the start of the race, and drink at least one cup of water every 15 minutes during the race. That shouldn’t be a problem since there are 20+ water stations on the course. If you wait until you are thirsty, you will have waited too long.
  • Keep your cool. Run in the shade whenever possible. Dump cups of water on your head and run through water sprays.
  • Adjust your pace to suit the weather. Heat and humidity are your enemies. The higher they get, the slower you should run.
  • Wear light loose-fitting clothing.
  • No alcohol the night before the race.
  • There are first aid stations, marked by the blue EMS stars along the course, at the finish line, and in the entertainment area. If you feel ill, ask for help. The early signs of heat injury include dizziness, lightheadedness, unsteadiness, headache, nausea, chills and goosebumps. If you experience any of those symptoms, stop and get help. Don’t try to diagnose yourself. Don’t try to keep running. There’s always next year.
  • If you have any medical problems, a family history of medical problems, any questions about your medical condition or your ability to compete, consult a physician prior to race day. Also, talk to your doctor if you are taking any medication.
  • Don’t start the race too fast. Run at your own pace. And don’t run faster than you trained.
  • If you need medical assistance at one of our area hospitals and return to the finish area after 1 pm, your baggage will be at the Utica Police Station.
  • Don't forget to fill out the questions on the back of your bib # in case of emergency.
  • Try to stay on the course, and be careful of changes in terrain because ankle and foot injuries can occur. And, one last note, don't jump the curb!

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