Congratulations on signing up for the Bull City Race Fest!
Here are a few tips to ensure that you do your best on race day:
- Try to get adequate rest, eat well and hydrate aggressively in the days before the race.
- Warm up your muscles and stretch before the race to minimize risk of injury.
- Utilize the aid stations on the course to drink plenty of fluids.
- Notify any race volunteer promptly if you are having pain or not feeling well.
We will have Durham EMS and various medical volunteers on the course and at the finish to ensure your safety, and we will do our best to serve you.
Preparation and Safety
Runners participating in this race should have prepared adequately. During the month before the race, your training should include a minimum of two runs that are at least two-thirds the length of this race. Untrained entrants should not attempt the course.
Complete the emergency medical information field on the back of your race bib. Please leave your headphones at home (they’re allowed, but not encouraged).
Area Weather Information
If you have any health or pulmonary concerns which may be affected by air quality, visit the National Weather Service website at weather.noaa.gov or call 919-515-8209 ext. 1.
Know your own individual fluid replacement needs. You should ascertain how much fluid your body needs during your preparation for the race. Don’t become dehydrated. If you become thirsty, you are behind in fluid replenishment.
Drink up to 16 ounces of fluid (preferably a sports drink containing sodium and electrolytes) 2 hours before the race.
Water and sport drink will be available at all aid stations on the course and at the finish.
Recognition of Physical Problems
While every runner will experience varying degrees of discomfort, significant changes in physical status should be recognized. If in doubt, stop to ask for advice. Race officials and course marshals are in radio and telephone contact with our medical team. Ambulances and roving bike teams are located on the course.
Injured runners will be transported either to the medical tent at the finish line or to a local hospital emergency room. In that event, Emergency Responders will determine the closest available hospital. All runners are asked to help by reporting injuries or downed runners to medical personnel, course marshals or aid station personnel along the course.
Notice: Any race official has the authority to remove any runner whom he/she feels is at medical risk.