Free post-race stretching station provided by WMC

Released: 07/19/16

Megan Lyon, DPT, OCS, Winneshiek Medical Center physical therapist assists a runner stretching. Post-race stretching stations will be offered free of charge after the 2016 Elveløpet race in Decorah, to help runners and walkers recover faster and reduce soreness and possible injury after the race.

Stretching after a running/walking race is important for anyone who wants to enjoy the activity for a long time and avoid any potential injury. That’s why Winneshiek Medical Center is providing a free post-race stretching station at the Nordic Fest Elveløpet Race. Staffed by professional physical therapists and athletic trainers, the post race stretching station will be set up at the finish line of the race and is open to any runner or walker at no charge.

“As race participants experience repetitive motion during running or walking, their muscles can become tight and sore,” says Megan Lyon, physical therapist at Winneshiek Medical Center. “Post-race stretching helps to lengthen the muscles and actually helps muscles feel better after a run. It can also help participants avoid injury, reduce soreness and increase flexibility.”

The free post-race stretching station will be located under the blue canopy at the Nordic Fest Elveløpet race finish line on Saturday, July 30. Anyone interested in signing up for the race should visit nordicfest.com.

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