Test the Lungs (Literally!) – Cross Country Ski Race

November 23, 2010 - 2 minutes read

Ever considered getting tested to see if you have exercise induced asthma (EIA)? The Allergy and Asthma Clinic P.A. and Sisu Nordic Ski Foundation have teamed up to give you a unique opportunity to do just that but in a real race environment. The “Test the Lungs” cross country ski race being held at Green Acres Rec in Lake Elmo, MN on December 4th, 2010, at 10 a.m., is offering pre-registered racers a chance to be tested for EIA by medical professionals.

I had undiagnosed exercise induced asthma for 30+ years so I bet many other athletes do too,” said Ben Popp, Executive Director for the Sisu Nordic Ski Foundation, “ after chatting with my doctor, Tom, we came up with this idea. It is the first time in the world a screening/study will be done using an actual race. It is a real life experience, not something simulated in a lab or doctor’s office…not to mention a many hundred dollar value

Said Thomas J Helm, an Asthma and Allergy MD, “EIA is a very real condition where asthma symptoms which include wheezing and shortness of breath occur during or after a vigorous exercise. “It has been estimated that 1/3 to 1/2 of cross country skiers may have EIA. “Test the Lungs” race will have medical professionals and asthma experts present to conduct breathing tests before and after the event to determine if the athlete has EIA. It’s encouraging to know that there are very effective treatments for EIA.

To participate in the pre- and post-race testing (numbers are limited), athletes are encouraged to pre-register (priority given to pre-registered participants) and should try to arrive early for pre-race testing.

About the Race:
The “Test the Lungs” cross country ski race is being held at Green Acres Rec in Lake Elmo, Minn., on December 4th, 2010, at 10 a.m. To register, visit the “Test the Lungs” cross country ski race online event registration form.

More Race info can also be found here: Race Flyer