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Stay hydrated in hot weather

Written by on June 20, 2012 at 10:19 am

Today at 7:09 PM marks the beginning of summer — and the heat is here to prove it! With temperatures rising to the nineties, it's important to be safe and stay hydrated as you continue your training for MS Challenge Walk.

Here with tips on how to stay hydrated is Dr. Mary-Elise Manuell of UMass Memorial Medical Center.

Best tip: Don't wait until you're thirsty. Keep chugging those liquids in anticipation of them being depleted! You'll feel better and be safer.

For more advice about staying hydrated, check out the National MS Society's Web site or other posts on the Challenge Blog.

Ken joined the MS Challenge Walk in 2005, more than a decade after his mother was diagnosed. After walking for three years and 150 miles, he switched to the support crew and now rides his bicycle along the trail, providing whatever encouragement (and snacks!) he can to the 600 walkers. He is also an alumnus of the event's steering committee and is this site's webmaster.

Does your bottle overfloweth?

Written by on September 4, 2009 at 12:54 pm

With the MS Challenge Walk just a week away, now is a good time to point out one of the event's finer details that may've been overlooked.

To cut down on both costs and waste, this is a "cup-free" event. Each rest stop will have ample water and Gatorade to keep you hydrated, but you're responsible for your own method of taking it with you. Some folks buy a prefilled water bottle from a convenience store and reuse it throughout the weekend; others buy a fancier, more durable, and sometimes more capacious Nalgene container. Still others prefer a CamelBak, a backpack that holds water you can draw through a siphon. CamelBaks can be convenient because they leave your hands free, but I've avoided these products because I try to keep as little weight on my back and shoulders as possible.

We've already given plenty of of advice on staying hydrated. The only amendment I'll make is to consider bringing two water bottles, so that a rest stop never forces you to choose between water or Gatorade; you can have one of each, and maintain better symmetry and balance by keeping one in each hand!

As a member of the support crew, I've seen walkers forget the cup-free nature of the MS Challenge Walk and thus find themselves without any portable hydration. In these cases, the support crew will live up to its name and find you some accommodation, so please ask. Even better, come prepared with all the gear you need for a great walk!

Ken joined the MS Challenge Walk in 2005, more than a decade after his mother was diagnosed. After walking for three years and 150 miles, he switched to the support crew and now rides his bicycle along the trail, providing whatever encouragement (and snacks!) he can to the 600 walkers. He is also an alumnus of the event's steering committee and is this site's webmaster.