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Gay Games Sizzle

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

July 17, 2006 - 12:01 am ET

(Chicago, Illinois) Temperatures rose to more than 100-degrees Sunday as the first sporting events for the Gay Games got underway in Chicago.

The city issued an emergency heat warning and opened more than 100 cooling locations. In 1995 465 people in Chicago died from heat related illnesses.

Games officials put hydration and medical support teams on full-alert but declined to cancel any of the outdoor events.

"In the true spirit of the Gay Games movement, we ask that all pitch in to ensure each other’s safety and wellness," the games said in a statement.

Officials monitored the situation throughout the day and say they have a contingency plan if the heat becomes more oppressive during the week.

Two triathletes were treated for heat-related illnesses.

The Games used the local media to advise people - participants and spectators to bring twice as much hydration such as Gatorade, SmartWater or bottled water as they would normally carry.

Local businesses helped out supplying water and ice.

Monday the mercury is expected to hit the high 90s dip to the 80s on Tuesday and return to the 90s on Wednesday.

For most people though the high humidity added to the oppressive temperatures.

The heat wave that has gripped Chicago extends from Las Vegas to Philadelphia.

©365Gay.com 2006

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