Dangerous Weekend Heat Prompts Changes at Outdoor Events

By: Tim Studebaker

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – This weekend’s sweltering heat isn’t stopping events like the Rising Above Cancer 5k Walk/Run in Warwick on Saturday.  The 5k raises money for cancer patients and their families.

Lifespan Cancer Institute Director Dr. David Wazer says, “Why we need that fund is that cancer care is remarkably expensive, even if you have health insurance.”

The cause is an important one, so the run will go on, despite the dangerous conditions expected.  Organizers will take extra precautions.

Wazer says, “We’re going to have a lot of water and electrolyte solutions available that we’ll be giving away free.  We will have misting fans and misting stations to cool off runners and spectators.  We’re going to have EMTs on site.”

Link: https://www.rhoderunner.com/events/2018/7/21/rising-above-cancer-walk5k-run

Over in Newport, the Craft Brew Races are going on as scheduled, right in the thick of Saturday afternoon’s heat.  They tell us they’ll be taking similar precautions: doubling the amount of drinking water on hand, installing sprinklers and tents for shade, and they may even shorten the 5k course if necessary.

Link: https://craftbrewraces.com/newport/

While humans can plan and take steps to prevent problems, our pets rely on us to keep them safe from the heat.  That’s why the RISPCA has cancelled their pet adoption event for Sunday.

RISPCA President Joe Warzycha says, “We’d be running dogs back and forth probably every 15 minutes just to limit their exposure to being outside.  There’s no running water that we have access to, so we were concerned about that, and again, with the pavement getting real hot.”

They’re looking at possibly rescheduling in late September.

Link: https://rispca.com/

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