For some, “winter fun run” sounds like a contradiction in terms. For others, it’s what they do every weekend. But what about hosting a run like this? Any event outdoors during the winter comes with its own risks. And it’s no different even for more active events like running. What are the risks involved? What can help keep people safe? We’ll answer these questions and more as we look at hosting a winter fun run.
Winter Fun Run Risks
First, if you want to host a winter fun run, you need to know the risks to determine if you think it’s worth it. Thus, below are some risks for running in the winter.
- Hypothermia – occurs when your body can’t create enough heat to combat the cold. If your body falls just 3 degrees below its maintaining temperature, you’re experiencing hypothermia. Left unchecked, the results can be severe.
- Hyperthermia – believe it or not, this can also present as a risk. Someone can overdress and overheat their body during the run.
- Hydration – In winter, the environment is drier, your body is drier, and you can lose moisture through your breath. Therefore, the importance of hydration, as always, cannot be overstated.
As you can see, these aren’t small risks. But we don’t want to be a buzzkill. So now let’s discuss safety tips.
Winter Fun Run Safety Tips
Second, as we said above, running in the winter can still be fun. Hence, here are some safety tips to pass on to your participants. With SpectaSport’s online registration system, it’s easy to get messages like this to runners as they sign up.
- Layers, layers, layers.
- Dress as if it’s 20 degrees warmer outside.
- Avoid cotton!
- Run during the day and wear reflective gear.
- Run with the wind at your back.
- Shorten your stride and keep your feet closer to the ground.
- On wetter days, run with Yak Traks or something similar.
Third, let’s review some hosting tips if you plan to host a winter fun run.
- Require certain clothing. If you want everyone safe, it’d be wise to require everyone to wear gloves, cover toes, cover ears, wear layers, and avoid cotton.
- Require cell phones. Yea, yea, we know. People hate running with their phones. But if someone gets lost or unpredictable weather comes, it can save their life.
- Plan the route so that racers stay visible.
- Postpone or reschedule the race if inclement weather is likely.