There are lots of runs and walks coming up. Think hydration if you’re planning to compete. We’ve had hot weather this winter, and you might find yourself sweating through your next outdoor event.

According to health advice by the Mayo Clinic, preventing dehydration starts the day before strenuous exercise.

“Producing lots of clear, dilute urine is a good indication that you're well hydrated. Before exercising, drink 1 to 3 cups (0.24 to 0.70 liters) of water. During the activity, replenish fluids at regular intervals, and continue drinking water or other fluids after you're finished,” according to MayoClinic.com. “Keep in mind that drinking too much not only can cause bloating and discomfort, but may lead to a potentially fatal condition in which your blood sodium becomes too low (hyponatremia). This occurs when you drink more fluids than you lose through sweating.”

Now that you’re hydrated, get out and exercise for a cause!

Lace up Sunday, March 3, for the 5K (3.2 mile) Walk Now for Autism Speaks.

Starts: 7:30 a.m.
Where: Meyer Amphitheatre, 105 Evernia St. (between Evernia and Datura streets), West Palm Beach, 33401
Cost: Registration is $25 before the race and $35 day of the event.
What do you get? The first 500 runners receive a commemorative t-shirt.
Cause: Autism research and awareness
More information: Contact palmbeach@autismspeaks.org, call Jacquie Nicholson at 561/254-1957, or visit http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1039560.

The Sunrise to Run 5K run or walk and 1 mile run takes place Saturday, March 16.

Starts: 7:30 a.m. walk/run. 8:30 a.m. for the one miler.
Where: Pond Apple Pavilion, South County Regional Park, 11435 Park Access Road, Boca Raton, 33498
Cost for the 5K: $25 through 3/11; $30 after 3/11 & race day. $10 for the one mile run.
What do you get? T-shirts, finishers’ medals
Cause: Benefits Sunrise Park Elementary School
More information: Call the Runner’s Edge at 561/361-1950 or visit http://runnersedgefoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/sunrisetorun5kF.pdf.

Good news on the quick

Local hospital recognized:
Boca Raton Regional Hospital (at 800 Meadows Road, Boca Raton, 33486) has earned Healthgrades’ “America’s 50 Best Hospitals” honor for the third consecutive year. According to a recent hospital press release, the Healthgrades distinction is based on outstanding patient outcomes (which include complication and death rates) across 27 medical procedures and diagnoses. Healthgrades is an online consumer information resource on hospitals and physicians.  

Local researcher secures funds for memory research:
Ron Davis, neuroscience chair at The Scripps Research Institute’s Florida campus in Jupiter, has been selected to receive a prestigious $3.5 million Jacob K. Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award for his work on the complex biology of memory formation and the disorders that disrupt it. The new study will focus on an area of memory formation that has remained relatively mysterious—the role that active forgetting plays in learning and memory, according to a Scripps’ press release.

Comedy-fueled fundraiser raises big bucks:
The 4th Annual Night of Laugher raised $21,000 for stomach cancer research. The Ft. Lauderdale-based Can’t Stomach Cancer foundation held its fundraiser at The Improv Comedy Club at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in February, drawing more than 370 supporters for a good laugh and cause. For more information about Can’t Stomach Cancer, visit www.CantStomachCancer.org or call 954/475.1200.