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With this weekend being the annual IMT Des Moines Marathon, DMOS would like to remind you of the importance of runners’ safety! So many common injuries can happen while running if the proper precautions aren’t taken. Whether this is your first marathon or your tenth marathon, these tips and tricks can help any runner stay safe on race day!

Stay Hydrated:

A good rule for hydration is 6-8 oz of fluid every 20 minutes. So, drinking enough water to stay hydrated (but not over-hydrated) is encouraged, especially since your body temperature climbs during exercise. It can even be helpful to have sports hydration drinks containing carbohydrates and electrolytes to balance your sodium levels.

Wear Proper Footwear:

Wearing the correct type of shoe with proper support will make you more comfortable and help keep you injury-free throughout your run. Race day isn’t a good day for you to break in your new pair of running shoes. Stick with your tride-and-true running shoes to avoid foot pain and blistering while you run. 

Listen to Your Body: 

Listen to your body if you notice any tinges of pain throughout your race. Consider slowing down and stretching out those muscles. Most participants running a marathon will feel pain at some point, but those minor signs of pain can turn into more significant injuries in the future if ignored during the run.

For more information about the IMT Des Moines Marathon, visit If you think you have experienced an injury, consider visiting one of our Urgent Injury Clinics in West Des Moines or Ankeny, or schedule an appointment by calling 515.224.1414. DMOS wishes all the runners a fun and safe race through Des Moines! 


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Holly Birkey

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