Race to Beat Pots

Race to Beat Pots

Race to Beat Pots
Race to Beat Pots
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Race to Beat Pots Annual Run

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DATE: SUNDAY JUNE 3, 2018 5K START TIME: 10 AM 1 MILE START TIME: 10:02 AM- The Race to Beat POTS took place in the scenic Anson B. Nixon Park in Kennett Square, PA. All proceeds from the event benefited Dysautonomia International. The race was chip timed by Chester County Running Store and was sanctioned by USATF. The race course featured a combination of paved, gravel, boardwalk, and trails that spanned throughout the park. Only the 1 Mile was wheelchair accessible. There were no major hills and the course narrowed in a few places. Along the way you could get picturesque views including a lake and streams. Two water stations were provided along the course and drinks were be provided before and after the race.
Category: Children with Special Needs, Family, Community & Civic Organizations
Race to Beat POTS 5K Run/Walk will benefit Dysautonomia International. The race date will be scheduled in 2019 and takes place in Kennett Square, PA. About Pots: POTS stands for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, which is a disorder of the autonomic nervous system or dysautonomia. The autonomic nervous system is responsible for regulating many systems in our bodies including heart rate and blood pressure. When POTS patients stand upright their body is unable to regulate heart rate and blood pressure properly. This leads to an abnormal increase in heart rate. Because the autonomic nervous system is responsible for controlling many bodily functions, POTS brings along a whole host of other symptoms including nausea, fatigue, sweating, lightheadedness, tremors etc. POTS is estimated to affect approximately 1-3 million Americans, mostly young women. Despite its prevalence, most people have never heard of POTS. Even most doctors are unfamiliar with POTS, which makes getting a diagnosis and proper treatment extremely difficult. There is little that doctors understand about POTS and a tragic lack of funding for ongoing research. There is no standard treatment or cure for POTS. Patients are advised to drink a lot of water, consume a lot of salt, and exercise as much as they can tolerate. Medications are prescribed to alleviate symptoms as much as possible. Because exercise is such an important part of the recovery process, it is only fitting to encourage others to join us by walking or running in support of a great cause. Walking in particular is often a huge struggle for POTS patients and we are happy to celebrate our ability to exercise with all of you.