By Carolyn Mather
While covering the recent, scorching Boston Marathon I had the privilege to hear physicians on the BAA medical team explain a new initiative intended to give runners a chance to make a difference if they witness a downed runner. The new protocol eliminates the mouth to mouth administration and is quite effective. As a nurse and runner who actually was able to save a runner many years ago during a race, I thought this information is well worth sharing as doing something always beats doing nothing.
The Boston Athletic Association medical team in partnership with the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross collaborated to produce a video focusing on lifesaving "hands only" cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) which demonstrates how to use CPR when witnessing a running related cardiac arrest. The basics demonstrated in this video can be utilized to perform rapid and effective techniques that could save a life. Bystander CPR performed immediately when a runner goes down is the most important determinant in life or death.
While 300 Kids Ages 6 to 10 United in their Own Muddy Fun at Kids Run Amuck
QUANTICO, VA - The Marine Corps Marathon's (MCM) muddiest event, Run Amuck, challenged 2,545 finishers to complete the 3.5 mile course through grueling obstacles, steep hills and deep mud pits in the event held today on Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA. Some runners not only met the challenge but faced the mud-packed adventure head first as they shimmied through the mud crawl, took to the berm climb and made their way through two giant mud pits, sometimes needing assistance from U.S. Marines to be pulled out from the muddy depths.
By Lena Hollmann
When I watched the Boston Marathon winners Wesley Korir and Sharon Cherop, both of Kenya, cross the finish line in April, they both looked strong. I knew they had been working hard to shake off competitors, primarily from their homeland, so they certainly didn’t have much opportunity to slack off during the race. Yet their finishing times, 2:12:40 and 2:31:50, were several minutes slower than we normally see when a bunch of elite runners battle it out on that Boston course, which has a net drop in elevation in spite of Heartbreak Hill. But this year the runners, elite and “regulars” alike, faced not just the clock and their human competitors. They also had to contend with Mother Nature, who had served up a menu consisting of bright sunshine accompanied with temperatures that rose to the high 80s by afternoon.
Houston Marathon Committee becomes the first organization ever to achieve dual-certification from the Council of Responsible Sport with its U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon sustainability success
The Council for Responsible Sport announced that the Houston Marathon Committee received a Silver ReSport Certification for its sustainability efforts while conducting the 2012 Chevron Houston Marathon weekend of events. As host of the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon, Houston's local organizing committee also earned Basic ReSport Certification for the quadrennial race to become the first event ever to achieve dual-Certification from the Council of Responsible Sport.
"Of all the events that have become ReSport Certified, none have taken on a bigger challenge than the Houston Marathon Committee did last January," stated Keith Peters, Executive Director of the Council for Responsible Sport. "Applying for ReSport Certification is a rigorous process, one that requires attention to detail and lots of documentation. By striving for dual certifications, the Houston Marathon Committee took on twice the workload, at least, and there were no time or cost-saving shortcuts available to them."