Sole Sisters share tips on safe summer runs during extreme heat

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. - Kansas City has a large running community. These triple digit temperatures can be dangerous for people who need their daily jogging fix.

A group of avid runners, who call themselves the Prairie Village Sole Sisters, shared tips to beat the heat with 41 Action News' Najahe Sherman.

Runner Lisa Manthey explained how the group developed its name.

"Well it is Sole, s-o-l-e, Sisters for our running shoes. We thought we needed a cute name to get up at 5 a.m. every morning during the rain, snow, summer and winter," she said.

Before the sun rises, the group of metro women are off for their morning jog. The group has been meeting for morning runs for 10 years. The Prairie Village Sole Sisters are wives, mothers and have careers so they said running is a way they make time for themselves.

"It is just a great way to start the day. We not only get our exercise but we are all friends and it is such a great time to catch up," Prairie Village Sole Sister Tami Stephens said.

The women said on these hot summer days, they keep safety first.

"I drink a lot of water during the day and also because we are starting earlier. That helps with beating the heat," sister Stephanie Jones said.

This is the time of year when heat exhaustion, and even heat stroke, can be a concern. Experts offer advice if you like to get in a daily summer run.


Running early in the day means there is more shade and that will help you stay cool.


On warm weather days it is recommended that you drink at least 64 ounces of water. If you are feeling thirsty, that is already a sign that you are dehydrated.


It is important to protect your skin on sunny days. Choose a sunscreen that is waterproof or designed for athletes.


Pushing yourself in hot weather can result in cramping and even heat exhaustion. On a hot weather day, keep your pace slow and enjoy the sights.

These are a few tips the Prairie Village Sole Sisters said they practice to stay healthy for another 10 years of early morning runs.

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