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Training Properly For Marathon is Important


Lynchburg, VA - Two men died running the half marathon Sunday during Raleigh's inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Marathon.

We have races very similar to that here in Lynchburg, with the Virginia Ten Miler.

The half marathon in North Carolina over the weekend was just over thirteen miles.

Riverside Runners says when running these long distances, it is all about training, and training correctly.

"You should race in conditions you train for," said Danny Boyers who works at Riverside Runners.

That was not the case for the more than 12 thousand runners in Raleigh, North Carolina on Sunday. Joel Riley lives in Lynchburg and ran that race.

"It was a warm morning comparatively to what we've been training in," Riley said.

Race organizers say a 31-year-old man collapsed between mile marker ten and 11, he later died and Riley saw the commotion.

"For me as I was approaching mile 11 coming up one hill making a right turn through a residential neighborhood they were re-routing runners onto the sidewalk, which is very unusual for a race of this size. Rarely do you see something like that with someone having CPR done on them during the race," he said.

Boyers says the weather may have had something to do with the deaths.

"You get an April half marathon through a cold winter, everybody's trained in the winter time, and then they show up on an 80 degree day, they're just not prepared for the heat," Boyers said.

He says training is important, and you cannot just train alone, by reading a book, or by following a "couch to 5K program."

"Really you need six, eight months of training, you need to work with someone who knows what they're doing, who's been down that road before," said Boyers.

It is all a very important path to make sure all of the racers make it across the finish line safely.

"It is a frightening situation, it's something that I've never really thought about at the start of a race, like, I may die during this race, and it's something you don't want to think about," Riley added.

If you are interested in running the Virginia Ten Miler, Boyers says it is important to start training early.

He says even though the ten miler is 3.1 miles less than a half-marathon, Lynchburg makes up for it with its hills.

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