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Safety Buddy for Condura Skyway Marathon 2013

With every marathon, there’s always a risk of a medical emergency. We should never ever forget that. For Condura Skyway Marathon, it’s nice to know they’ve prepared for it. Here are friendly safety reminder from Ton Concepcion of Condura to ensure your safety during this weekend’s race. See you there!

Dear Runners,

Introducing – “Safety Buddy”. Your safety is our number 1 concern.

For 2013, we will be implementing the biggest and most comprehensive emergency quick response plan yet. But with even close to 1,000 race officials this Sunday, we cannot watch out for every one of the14,000 runners who will be running over different portions of the 32km long Skyway.

That is why we call on you to volunteer as a “Safety Buddy”.

A “Safety Buddy” is a runner who helps out a fellow runner in times of need. We all know that runners never run alone during a race and therefore the runner beside would be the best person to provide immediate assistance. You can become a “Safety Buddy” by following these guidelines in case you or a fellow runner needs medical assistance:

1. Contact the nearest visible race official and seek assistance. (They can be identified by the race official t-shirt and race ID’s)

2. If there is no visible race official nearby then call the Skyway Emergency numbers: (Applicable to those running with cellphones.)

Please save these numbers on your cellphones. (We encourage you to bring your celphones)

Hotline: 02-776-7777
Globe: 0917-539-8762
Smart: 0999-886-0893

Please provide the following information:

a. Your location – Go to the nearest LAMP POST on the center island and read the LAMP POST NUMBER that is marked in yellow.

This will inform medical officials where you are. Lamp post on the Skyway are spaced an average of 130 feet apart.

b. Give the Race Bib number of the runner that needs assistance

c. Give your name and phone number.

We also would want to remind our runners of the following IMPORTANT SAFETY TIPS.

1. Be sure you are sufficiently trained and are in tip-top shape for the race distance that you are joining.

2. Fill up the ICE at the back of your race bib (ICE = In case of emergency)

3. Have a nutrition and hydration plan and be sure to stick to it.

4. Race within your limits and if you need medical assistance please approach any race official. Pace yourself!

5. Bring a back up hydration belt and extra gel just in case. Remember to never try anything new of race day!

Quick over view of Medical and hydration plan.

1. There are 25 hydration stations spaced an average of 2km apart. Summit water will be served at all stations. 100 plus shall be served only in all hydration stations on the Northbound lane (13 stations of 100 Plus).

2. For 42k runners, there will be 3 Banana stations located approximately at the 22km, 29.4km, 36.4km mark

3. There will be portalets at every hydration station.

4. Lifeline, the premier provider of Emergency Quick Response service will be our medical partner. They will have 13 ambulances with 25 medical tents spaced 2km apart on average with 200 medical personal spread 250 meters apart in between the tents.

Remember, even if there are safety buddies, race officials and medical personnel to assist, SAFETY FIRST BEGINS WITH YOU! Run safe and have fun!

Sincerely yours,

Ton Concepcion – Founder and Chief Event Officer

  • izay

    No petroleum jellies at the medic stations! Ouch!

  • Kristy

    For all the “safety” being announced during the Condura race, the actual course itself was unsafe from a hydration/supplies POV. The organizers failed to provide adequate and timely sports drinks in the 21KM category. The organizers served only water up to the 14th kilometer… which was honestly too late. Runners were already thirsty, and because of the lack of salts/sugars, a lot of runners were cramping even halfway through the race.

    I was really disappointed. I led a group of first time 21KM runners and told them specifically NOT to bring sports drinks because Condura is “historically” a well supplied race. Boy was I wrong! Good thing we brought extra gels or else the new runners wouldn’t have lasted.

    I don’t even want to think about all the 21 and 42KM runners who didn’t bring their own sports drink because they trusted the organizers… :(

    • admntbrjaymie

      Hi Kristy,

      I agree on the lack of sports drinks. But, if you ran last year’s race, they also lacked sports drinks. 100 Plus was only provided once or twice on the 21k course last year, so I pretty much expected the same.

      It is unfortunate that this problem is not fixed, but then again, I think that the basic requirement is for the organizer to provide water. In that area, Condura didn’t fail. For me, sports drinks are a bonus. Best to bring your own if you don’t use that particular brand or if they’re known not to provide adequate amounts.

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