Health & Safety Bulletin
If you train regularly for at least a month before the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge you should be fit enough to participate in a satisfying race.
Participants shall follow all applicable local, state, and national guidelines and regulations regarding exercise and social distancing. Series Owner will follow recommendations from local health departments regarding the latest health and safety procedures and guidelines. Details will be shared with participants prior to the day of the applicable Race.
Participants that feel ill and/or experience symptoms related strains on the day of the applicable Race (i.e., cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, loss of taste or smell), have tested positive for COVID-19 or related strains within 120 hours of the applicable Race, or have been exposed to an individual who has tested positive to COVID-19 or related strains within two (2) weeks from the day of the Race are prohibited from participating in the Series.
Heatstroke is the breakdown of the body’s ability to control its own temperature. It occurs most often in short races when unfit runners, enticed by the seemingly easy, short distance, run at a pace that is beyond their conditioning. But even world-class athletes have suffered heatstroke. The condition is deadly; victims of heatstroke—including young, fit people—suffer an 80 percent mortality rate.
Any one of the below conditions puts you at risk for heatstroke. If one or more of these risk factors applies to you, do not run in the heat (above 70° F/21° C). Review the list on race day; if you are at risk, do not race in the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Championship.
- Alcohol intake within twenty-four (24) hours
- History of heatstroke
- Lack of recent, regular training
- Lack of sleep
- More than 20 percent (20%) overweight
- Not acclimated to the heat. It takes three weeks to acclimate to an increase in temperature.
- Recent immunizations
- Sunburn or rash
- Taking medications, either over-the-counter or prescription, especially those that decrease your ability to sweat, including:
- Anti-diarrheal medications
- Cold medications
- Ephedrine, ephedra, ma huang
The beginning stages of heatstroke are often marked by a throbbing headache, a general feeling of malaise or excessive warmth, confusion, difficulty concentrating, disorientation, clumsiness, stumbling, and excessive sweating or no sweating. The symptoms of heat exhaustion, a condition that can precede heatstroke, are extreme fatigue, nausea, vomiting, giddiness, muscular cramps, rapid breathing, and faintness.
If you or a teammate have any of these symptoms, stop running, get into a cool environment (shade, for example), and seek medical attention immediately.
If you have one of the above risk factors, don’t run in the heat (above 70° F/21° C). Even runners to whom none of the above risk factors apply should take the following precautions:
- Don’t run during the hottest part of the day.
- If you are not acclimated to the heat, reduce the length of your run and slow your pace by one minute per km until you’re acclimated to the heat. It takes three weeks to fully acclimate to a higher temperature and humidity.
Drink water throughout the day, before, during, and after runs and races.
If any of the conditions listed below apply to you, you should consult with your doctor about your plans to train and participate in a Race.
- Coronary artery disease
- Drug use
- Excessive stress at work or home
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- No previous running experience
- Sedentary lifestyle
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