– Thank you Sara, I’m Pete Gilbert. We are joined now by Eric Almi
who is from MedStar Health. He’s our race doc. Good morning Eric, how you doing? – Morning, how are you? – Very well, thanks.
– So Eric, it’s a little chilly for the spectators, but for the racers–
– By spectators she means us. – Us. But for the racers, it’s very important that
they don’t get too hot. Can you talk to us about why this is such a great temperature for the runners? – Yeah, this is great weather. 65 degrees I think is the high today. So we factor in, when we’re looking at
the weather for a race, we’re looking at the humidity, we’re looking at how much radiant heat we’re getting from the sun, and the wind, and putting
that together to get. I dunno if you’re familiar
with the WetBulb Globe– – [Mindy] Yeah.
– Temperature, and– – [Mindy] Ava Marie, our meteorologist will explain that to us. – So we have a whole way of rating that whether
it’s green, yellow, red, we can get that information
out to the runners. But today is looking to
be green all day long. – [Pete] And even so,
when you’re gonna put your body through what
these runners are doing, there will be things with which to deal. How many people do expect
to treat on a day like this even in ideal conditions? – [Eric] So we’ll see
upwards of 400 runners in our medical tents throughout
the day across the course and in the finish line tent here today. – [Mindy] What is the biggest issue? – Usually it’s cramping, a little bit of dizziness,
nausea, vomiting. Every once in awhile we’ll get someone who’s critically sick. Even on a day like today we
can still see some heatstroke. – You’re gonna see 400 different people. That means, how many people
does it take on your staff to go ahead and be ready? ‘Cause 400 is what you may expect, you may see more. How do you prepare for that? – Well, we have a huge team with us today. We have over a hundred volunteers with us, anyone from doctors and nurses from the MedStar Health System to, we have volunteers from both Towson’s
Athletic Training Program and Howard County’s EMS
Program here with us. – Volunteers, they make this event go. – For sure, and if you are
planning on running a marathon, maybe you should check with your doctor would be a good idea
before you plan to train. – Yep, always if you have
any type of potential for any chronic medical conditions, you should talk with your doctor before going out and running 26.2 miles. – Or for in my case, the 5K probably should
check with a doctor as well. Thank you so much. We appreciate it, Eric. – You bet, thanks for having me. – All right, please stay with us. Still much for you to come here on the Baltimore Running Festival, the marathon. There’s Jeremy Ardanuy. He continues to comfortably lead. We’ll see if he can hold onto that. He’s got a long way yet to go though. On pace though for a personal best.