Temps to hit century mark in time for Hoopfest

Temps to hit century mark in time for Hoopfest

Don’t expect last year’s rainy Hoopfest to be anything like this year’s event, with the forecast hitting the century mark and staying there by this weekend.

Spokane Hoopfest organizers are preparing to keep participants and bystanders cool by setting up cooling stations around downtown but, more importantly, are relying on players and fans to stay hydrated.

“We’re going to have more water. We’ve rented out all the misters and fans we can get so that we can push out some moisture throughout the site,” Hoopfest Executive Director Matt Santangelo said.

While his crews will be setting up locations where people will be able to cool off Santangelo is asking people to come prepared and that if anyone sees a volunteer in need, to step up to the plate and help.

“Players are out there, they’re working hard but they’re working hard for a shorter amount of time. It’s court monitors that are out there for two days straight on the blacktop,” Santangelo said.

So how much water should be consumed? Epidemiologist Mark Springer with the Spokane Regional Health District says if you’re playing it should be at least one to four glasses of water an hour. If your spectating that same amount of water every two hours is just fine. The point is to stay hydrated, stay healthy and prevent yourself from getting heat exhaustion or worse.

“The important thing about heat exhaustion is that it can lead to heat stroke. That’s really dangerous, that could be potentially life threatening,” Springer said.

The signs of heat exhaustion include:

Confusion
Muscle or abdominal cramps
Dizziness Headache Fatigue

And if those symptoms come up it’s time to cool down, and Santangelo is making sure that resources will be available to help people stay healthy this weekend.

“Hoopfest has lived through it, however as the forecast is looking now it’s pushing the upper boundary at little bit,” he said.