Safety First

Every outdoor activity carries inherent risk. As a running community, we are certainly not unaware of the dangers presented by technical terrain, rapid weather changes, unclear paths or exposed climbs. Sadly, a rolled ankle, hidden puffadder or heat stroke are not our primary dangers any more. The threat of personal attack is on the rise, and the buzz on every trail group or forum is centred on safety precautions and solutions.

Hypothermia, How to prevent it, spot it, and treat it.

Winter on the trails will result in added exposure to the elements, and weather conditions can change rapidly. Hypothermia is a scary word bandied about regularly by mountain runners and race directors, but would you know how to spot it, or treat it, if you or a member of your crew showed the signs?

Essentially, hypothermia is caused by a combination of cold and fatigue. Long periods of time in low temperatures with insufficient protection against wind, cold or rain can be deadly. Your core body temperature drops rapidly when you slow or stop, even for a brief while.