Runners overcome personal obstacles to compete in Bloomsday race - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Runners overcome personal obstacles to compete in Bloomsday race

Posted: Updated:
SPOKANE, Wash. -

On Sunday thousands will gather in Spokane to participate in the 40th annual Bloomsday race. 

The event draws all kinds of people, but for some there are different obstacles they have to overcome besides the course itself. 

Kris Maynard is one of those people.  He used his personal experiences on the course to develop a product that can help some runners keep up to speed. 

Right now Maynard is training for a 100 mile bike ride that's coming up in May.  It's a task that's difficult to accomplish in the best of health, but Maynard is a diabetic, which makes some of his accomplishments more challenging. 

"I became a diabetic when I was in the military," says Maynard.  "It was new to me because we haven't had diabetes in our family at all."

Two years ago when he ran Bloomsday he had to call his wife during the race to bring him some juice because his blood sugar had dropped so low.   

Maynard is also a firefighter and EMT.  He used his on the job experience to develop a prototype that could change the game for people like him. 

"This is the first thing we grab to help the patients and usually 99% of the time that's all we need," says Maynard, talking about glucose gel. 

His idea is a glucose gel necklace, called "Glucose Boost".  It fastens with magnets, is easily accessible, and could make all the difference in a moment's notice. 

"They can take car of the problem right then and there," says Maynard.  "They don't need to wait those critical minutes for an ambulance to respond."

Maynard is partnering up with Adam Morrison, former Gonzaga and NBA player for the project.  They hope the Glucose Boost will be available by summer but first they need to find a company to license it.  

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • What you should do if you have the flu

    What you should do if you have the flu

    Thursday, January 18 2018 1:36 AM EST2018-01-18 06:36:55 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The number of flu cases continue to rise. In Spokane County, more than 300 people have been hospitalized because of it and 14 of them have died. So how do you know you have the flu? KHQ met with Dr. Bob Lutz, Spokane County health officer. He says that the flu is a respiratory illness and if you have it, you’ll know it’s more than a cold. “You have the body aches. Everything hurts. I’ve had people tell me their eyes hurt, their hair hu...

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The number of flu cases continue to rise. In Spokane County, more than 300 people have been hospitalized because of it and 14 of them have died. So how do you know you have the flu? KHQ met with Dr. Bob Lutz, Spokane County health officer. He says that the flu is a respiratory illness and if you have it, you’ll know it’s more than a cold. “You have the body aches. Everything hurts. I’ve had people tell me their eyes hurt, their hair hu...

    >>
  • WATCH: Oregon fisherman sues after insane boat crash caught on camera

    WATCH: Oregon fisherman sues after insane boat crash caught on camera

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 6:12 PM EST2018-01-17 23:12:55 GMT

    CLATSOP COUNTY, Ore. - A salmon fisherman who abandoned ship by leaping into the Columbia river last summer, right before another boat crashed into his, is suing the other boat driver for $372,000. The Oregonian reports that the Clatsop County sheriff's office accused Marlin Lee Larson of several crimes after the boater told investigators he couldn't see where he was driving because the dash of his boat was blocking his view when he was sitting down.

    >>

    CLATSOP COUNTY, Ore. - A salmon fisherman who abandoned ship by leaping into the Columbia river last summer, right before another boat crashed into his, is suing the other boat driver for $372,000. The Oregonian reports that the Clatsop County sheriff's office accused Marlin Lee Larson of several crimes after the boater told investigators he couldn't see where he was driving because the dash of his boat was blocking his view when he was sitting down.

    >>
  • Amazon announces 20 finalists for its second headquarters

    Amazon announces 20 finalists for its second headquarters

    Thursday, January 18 2018 10:06 AM EST2018-01-18 15:06:57 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - We didn't make the cut. But we knew that was coming, right?  Amazon released a "short" list of cities it's considering for its second headquarters and although we made a good case (IMO), Spokane did not make the cut.  So who did make the cut?  The 20 potential cities include...

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - We didn't make the cut. But we knew that was coming, right?  Amazon released a "short" list of cities it's considering for its second headquarters and although we made a good case (IMO), Spokane did not make the cut.  So who did make the cut?  The 20 potential cities include...

    >>
  • Runners overcome personal obstacles to compete in Bloomsday raceMore>>

  • Bloomsday 2016

    Bloomsday 2016

    Read the latest new about Bloomsday in Spokane, WA.

    Read the latest new about Bloomsday in Spokane, WA.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • UPDATE: Yakima County Sheriff's Office finds missing woman with Alzheimer's safe

    UPDATE: Yakima County Sheriff's Office finds missing woman with Alzheimer's safe

    Friday, January 19 2018 12:40 AM EST2018-01-19 05:40:07 GMT

    YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. - Yakima County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help finding a woman missing since Tuesday. 69-year-old Linda Casey suffers from Alzheimer's and is believed to be in danger.  Casey is 5 ft, 115 lbs. She was last seen on 80 Buckeye Lane in Naches and is believed to be driving a 2014 silver Hyundai Sonata.  Anyone with information is asked to call Yakima County Sheriff's Office at (509) 574-2500. 

    >>

    YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. - Yakima County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help finding a woman missing since Tuesday. 69-year-old Linda Casey suffers from Alzheimer's and is believed to be in danger.  Casey is 5 ft, 115 lbs. She was last seen on 80 Buckeye Lane in Naches and is believed to be driving a 2014 silver Hyundai Sonata.  Anyone with information is asked to call Yakima County Sheriff's Office at (509) 574-2500. 

    >>
  • Suspect steals deputy's patrol car, crashes into nearby ditch

    Suspect steals deputy's patrol car, crashes into nearby ditch

    Friday, January 19 2018 12:34 AM EST2018-01-19 05:34:14 GMT
    NBC Right NowNBC Right Now

    HERMISTON, Ore. - Sheriff's deputies in Hermiston, Oregon arrested a man who they say stole a deputy's car during an arrest. At about 1:15 p.m., citizens on Cowboy Lane contacted police and reported that an unknown man was pounding on their doors in the area. Deputies went to the area and spotted the suspect, Christopher Phillips. After a brief foot chase, deputies caught Phillips and took him into custody. He is lodged in the Umatilla 

    >>

    HERMISTON, Ore. - Sheriff's deputies in Hermiston, Oregon arrested a man who they say stole a deputy's car during an arrest. At about 1:15 p.m., citizens on Cowboy Lane contacted police and reported that an unknown man was pounding on their doors in the area. Deputies went to the area and spotted the suspect, Christopher Phillips. After a brief foot chase, deputies caught Phillips and took him into custody. He is lodged in the Umatilla 

    >>
  • TV crew attempts to pass fake bomb through New Jersey airport security

    TV crew attempts to pass fake bomb through New Jersey airport security

    Thursday, January 18 2018 11:58 PM EST2018-01-19 04:58:45 GMT
    TSATSA

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say at least seven people who claimed to be working for a TV network were arrested at a New Jersey airport after they tried to film themselves passing a fake explosive device through a security checkpoint. Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein says it happened at Newark Liberty International Airport on Thursday. She says some members of the group attempted to bring the fake explosive device in a carry-on bag, but it was detec.

    >>

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say at least seven people who claimed to be working for a TV network were arrested at a New Jersey airport after they tried to film themselves passing a fake explosive device through a security checkpoint. Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein says it happened at Newark Liberty International Airport on Thursday. She says some members of the group attempted to bring the fake explosive device in a carry-on bag, but it was detec.

    >>