Updated Fluid Recommendations For Marathon Runners

by Diane Lofshult on Jan 01, 2007

The International Marathon Medical Directors Association (IMMDA) recently revised its fluid replacement guidelines for those who run marathon races. The updated recommendations, reported in the Journal of Clinical Sports Medicine (2006; 16, 283–92), emphasize self-regulation rather than rigid guidelines, say the authors of the new IMMDA Position Statement.

The report gives approximations of fluid replacement needs according to a marathon runner’s personal finish time, race pace and fluid rate. Also included are

  • a fluid calculator to estimate sweat rate;
  • tips for race day; and
  • cautions for avoiding hyponatremia, a dangerous condition caused by too much fluid replacement.

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Diane Lofshult IDEA Author/Presenter

Diane Lofshult is an award-winning freelance author who specializes in nutrition and weight management topics. She is the founder of In Other Words, an editorial consulting firm based in Solana Beach,...