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Runners overcome personal obstacles to compete in Bloomsday race

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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.  

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