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A hot weekend for Big Sky State Games

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Runners stay cool in Soaked Fun Run at Pioneer Park. Runners stay cool in Soaked Fun Run at Pioneer Park.
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The weather is traditionally hot for the Big Sky State Games and the forecast for this weekend is no different.

Temperatures are supposed to be in the mid-to-high 90s and organizers have plenty of recommendations for staying cool and safe.

Through the years, the games' management has been very aware of the heat.

It no longer holds the 5K run on Fridays but instead early on Saturday.

And the addition of another non-competitive run came about because of hot weather.

The 2-mile Soaked Fun Run through and around Pioneer Park gives runners a chance to cool down.

Big Sky State Games Executive Director Karen Sanford Gall advised everyone to be careful in the hot weather.

"I'm not grateful for the heat, but I’m grateful that we've had something in advance of the games so people are a little bit cognizant of it," Gall said.

“We're encouraging people to bring their own water. We'll have water at venues but we are also encouraging people to bring their own shade if it's an outdoor venue.  So we want people to stay as cool as possible, even though it's going to be really warm," she said.

Gall reminds volunteers as well as spectators to stay hydrated by bringing their own water and shade to events at the Big Sky State Games.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services advises to watch for heat stress signs from children, the elderly and people who have trouble communicating.

Recommendations to prevent heat illness:

  • Spend time indoors with air-conditioning.
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Wear lightweight, light colored, loose-fitting clothing
  • Limit outdoor activity to mornings and evenings
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