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P.F. Chang marathoners hope to outrun flu in Phoenix

PHOENIX -- As if shin splints weren't enough to worry about, runners getting ready for the P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll marathon are worried about catching the flu.

Arizona Department of Health has reported that the flu in Arizona is widespread, which is the highest category possible.

"Three to six months preparing for an event, of course they're going to be worried about it," said Rob Wallack, owner and founder of Runner's Den, a Phoenix-based runners and walkers store.

"We are all reading it in the papers and hearing it in the news that it's hit Phoenix and Arizona really hard."

According to doctors, influenza is a serious viral illness with symptoms similar to the common cold. However, the flu comes on quickly and is more physically draining. For most people, the best care is to stay home, rest and drink plenty of fluids. For others, especially those with underlying conditions, it can be more severe.

"I think people should have less contact with others, a little less shaking hands, a little less closeness the last week," said Wallack. "I'm not telling people to be paranoid, but after spending so much time training, the common sense things you can do the last week will probably go a long way," he added.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

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