Be Prepared for a Warm Race Day

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Please note, start times for the Saturday races have been moved up due to the anticipated hot and humid weather conditions: Marathon & Half Marathon: 6:45am, 5K: 6:15am.

Nashville is famous for experiencing four seasons in one day and this weekend’s forecast is proving no exception. The St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville team are preparing for hot weather.

Here are some tips to make sure you’re fully prepared for your race too:

Set Realistic Expectations

Unseasonably hot conditions are not ideal for setting a PR or hitting aggressive time goals. Take note of course time limits and consider a race day strategy that allows for a comfortable and safe finish: Slow your pace, walk or rest when you need to, and consider switching down distances if you are registered for the marathon or half marathon.

Stay Tuned

  • Be alert while out on course. In the event that race officials deem the conditions to be unsafe to continue, you may be asked to divert off the course, or stop. Please listen to and follow instructions of all officials, who are acting in the interest of all participants.

Before Race Day

  • In the lead up to race day, make sure you are drinking water and electrolytes to keep your fluids up.
  • Meet our MD. Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series’ Medical Director, Dr. PZ Pearce will be at the Health & Fitness Expo from 3 – 5pm on Friday to answer your questions.
  • Remember to complete the Medical Information on the back of your race bib.

On Race Day

  • Take some salt. Before your race, add a salt packet to a cup of fluid and drink it. Salt packets will be available at the start line refreshment stand, from race officials within your starting corrals and on course at all medical stations.
  • Don’t over-exert yourself. If you’re feeling uncomfortably hot, slow down.
  • Make use of on-course cooling elements. Additional resources will be added as necessary. Take a break in shaded areas along the route for a quick breather.
  • Consider switching distances. If you’re running the marathon you can decide to drop down to the half marathon before the race, or at the split point on course, without any advance action.
  • If you don’t feel right, stop at a medical station to get checked out or see any race or city official on course who can help you seek assistance.
  • Be aware of additional communications and updates while out on course. You can also sign up for our free SMS text alerts.

Rest assured we’re ready to rock with you, rain or shine. To read more expert tips for running in warm weather, click here.

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