Medical Guidelines

Runner safety is a primary concern at all New York Road Runners races. We work closely with a variety of city and state health and emergency service agencies to ensure that we have the necessary staff in place from start to finish throughout the race course. Our health and wellness teams are ready to respond immediately to the medical needs of all runners, spectators, volunteers, and staff. 

We advise all participants to follow a number of simple precautions in order to have an enjoyable and stress-free experience:

  • Respect the distance: Take part in the event only if you are properly trained and physically prepared to complete the full distance.
  • Respect your health: Consider consulting with your physician when planning to participate in one of our events.
  • Respect your body: If you are injured or experience any symptoms of fever, weakness, diarrhea or vomiting prior to the event that could prevent you from being physically prepared to run the distance, we recommend that you consider not running in the event.
  • Respect your routine: Do not make any major changes to your training and hydration in the days leading up to the race. On race day, a simple rule is "drink to thirst." Drink both water and sports drinks to stay hydrated and maintain sodium levels. Lastly, do not wear your new running shoes for the first time on race day.
  • Respect the weather: Pay attention to the weather forecast and dress for the weather conditions. Layer, but do not overdress. You want to feel slightly chilly when you start running. Cold-weather running tips can be found here.

If you experience any feelings or symptoms that seem very different than you expect, seek the attention of our staff at the start, along the course, or at the finish. Review the course map and be aware of the locations of medical stations. Every medical station has water, sports drinks, toilets, medical facilities, and access to transportation vehicles in the event that you are unable to complete the race.

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