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Cold, wet conditions raise risk of hypothermia for marathon runners

Dr. Justin Smith stresses wearing the correct gear if running in the Cleveland Marathon. (Source: WOIO) Dr. Justin Smith stresses wearing the correct gear if running in the Cleveland Marathon. (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Dr. Justin Smith at Rocky River Urgent Care tells us when the temperatures are cold and wet like they're expected to be this weekend that increases the potential risk of hypothermia for people running in the Cleveland Marathon.

Dr. Smith says running actually builds up your core temperature, but then there's a point when it's no longer effective in protecting you. That's why he says it's important to dress properly for the race.

"Proper gear, rather than having a lot of exposed skin which will bleed out body core temperature. Wearing something to sort of work as a barrier between the elements and the body would be most important thing," says Dr. Justin Smith.

In addition to dressing for the weather, Dr. Smith recommends that runners stay hydrated.

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