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Extreme heat causing problems for runners in Hood to Coast relay

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The extreme heat caused some problems for runners in the Hood to Coast relay.

The first wave of the relay started at Timberline Lodge at 5 a.m. Friday. The nearly 200-mile relay will end in Seaside this weekend. More than 12,000 runners and 3,600 volunteers are taking part and the heat wave impacted some runners.

The Sandy Fire Department reports there have been at least nine calls for the athletes. It adds, at least three people were taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion and dehydration. SFD also said another person had to be give IV fluids before allowed to continue in the relay.

With thousands of people participating in the world’s biggest relay race, organizers hope they can avoid any other health problems before getting to the finish line.

Fire crews said heat exhaustion and dehydration can happen when temperatures reach eighty-five degrees or higher. Their advice is to get hydrated before walking or running.

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