HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The death of a 50-year-old man in Virginia Beach during a marathon is triggering concerns over race safety.
Marathons and other races can be dangerous for anyone who is not in the right health.
Last month, a 49-year-old man died while taking part in the Luray Triathlon.
Lauren Coverstone, a fitness coordinator at Gold's Gym, would advise anyone planning to participate in a marathon to check with a doctors first.
Individuals should also train to prepare for running the long distance.
"I would always make sure there was one day a week that you would have to do the long run and I would always make sure that I ate like a good meal the night before so I would always make sure I had extra energy for the run and also make sure I drank lots of water, like the night before," said Coverstone.
The big thing is to stay energized while training for the marathon and during the marathon.
Coverstone recommends using things like energy gels and drinking plenty of water.
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