Royal Columbian Hospital and Eagle Ridge Hospital

Vancouver International Marathon Case Series

Our study aims to assess the level of medical preparedness required to provide pre-hospital care at long distance running events such as the Vancouver International Marathon.

To date, much of the research at mass participation events has focused on medical care and profiling injuries at one-time events, with a limited number of a studies following the same event across several years. Patient presentation rates (PPR) and ambulance transfer rates (ATR) were characterized over a six-year period from 2006 to 2011. Moreover, factors that influence the injury profile such as medical oversight and personnel, internal communication, course conditions and environmental factors, as well as areas for future improvement are discussed. It is our hope that the information gained from our studies will help to establish a baseline for future planning. Novice medical support providers for similar events can utilize our work to help define their own locale and adapt to local conditions.


This Project was supported by the University of British Columbia Summer Student Research Award):