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Advice on Cold Weather Running

December 29, 2004

Tips for people who want to run in New Year’s Eve races where the weather could be cold:

_ To prevent frostbite, keep extremities and all skin covered. Frostbite can occur on exposed skin in 15 minutes or less when the wind chill is around minus 20.

_ Wear layers of wicking material such as Lycra or microfiber to keep moisture away from skin.

_ Beware of slippery surfaces and start slowly; use shorter strides. Several shoe makers have ridged or studded running shoes for good traction.

_ Warm up and stretch before and after.

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