As the Barcelona Marathon 2016 is fast approaching, this Sunday (13.03.16) it’s important to remember the several risks a runner takes from running the 26.2 miles or 13.1 miles (half-marathon).

Running increases ones risk of experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest, many people believe that the risks are only high for those who are not as fit and active. However that is not the case and it certainly should not be taken lightly, anyone can have a sudden cardiac arrest.

It’s difficult to prevent sudden cardiac arrest deaths from occurring in people under the age of 40 (approximately) as it can be rather challenging to detect heart problems in advance. Whereas, in older individuals, atherosclerosis or coronary artery disease is most often the cause of sudden death during athletic events, which means it’s easier to prevent this, as it often becomes highlighted during training.

One factor to take into consideration whilst doing long-distance running is water. It can’t be stressed enough that those who partake in marathons should remain hydrated throughout. On the other hand, there is a danger involved in drinking excessive amounts of water.

An example: a fitness instructor, known as David Rogers, died after drinking too much water during the London Marathon in 2007. This is a very sad story as he believed he was only aiding his body in drinking water during the heart wrenching marathon. As long as a runner remains hydrated to the necessary level then that will allow them to perform to their optimum.

During the Barcelona Marathon in 2013 it was a rather sorrowful event as an athlete sadly passed away. He regrettably experienced a fainting spell after the race had taken place. It is the second occasion in which an athlete has passed away in the 35 years that the Barcelona Marathon has taken place.

Nonetheless, taking part in a marathon or a half-marathon is an incredible achievement and an outstanding measure to remain fit and healthy. Not only the event itself will benefit the runner but also the lead up to the event, as the serious training takes place. Just remember to remain hydrated to a functional level and not to ‘over-do’ it with the amount of water you consume. Try not to push yourself beyond your limits, remain paced and most importantly enjoy yourself!


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