Arlington, VA - The Road Runners Club of America is pleased to welcome the International Institute of Race Medicine (IIRM) as an official partner
. The RRCA works in partnership with several organizations in addition to their running club and event members to help promote running as a sport and great physical activity.
The road race industry has been witness to a tremendous amount of growth. Races and events are selling out in record-time; the numbers of participants are reaching unprecedented levels. The total number of events held each year in the United States and in Europe has reached levels beyond anyone"�s expectations.
"�During this explosion of growth, we have also been witness to a heightened sense of concern for runner safety and emergency preparedness,' explained Chris Troyanos, ATC, IIRM Executive Director and the Medical Coordinator to the Boston Marathon. "�IIRM started out with a small group of medical professionals interested in addressing these concerns, and has developed into an international collective of medical professionals, with the goal of furthering research, education and best practice in marathons and other endurance road races throughout the world.'
The IIRM has been established to act as a resource for all medical professionals, including: physicians, nurses, physical therapists, athletic trainers, EMS personnel, physician assistants, and others who work or volunteer at marathons, half marathons, 10K, triathlons and charity runs.
The IIRM is dedicated to providing educational programs that highlight proven medical standards and protocols for running events. Through their efforts, the IIRM will outline best practices in operational planning and logistics for all types of distance events. The IIRM will act as a clearinghouse of information for all events and medical professionals tasked with the care of athletes who are involved in road races.
The RRCA will work with the IIRM to conduct surveys, disseminate information, and work to educate RRCA membership about the importance of implementing best practices related to medical assistance for an event of any size. The RRCA will also work with the IIRM to provide continuing education opportunities to RRCA Certified Race Directors to ensure medical planning continues to be a top priority in all event planning efforts.
"�As the RRCA mission states, we provide education opportunities that benefit all runners,' said Jean Knaack, RRCA Executive Director. "�Our partnership with IIRM helps further the mission of our organization and enhances our ability to educate our members about the importance of hosting safe events that benefit all runners.'
The International Institute for Race Medicine
was formed in October 2003 as a division of the American Running Association (ARA), and was designed to serve the road racing community in North America as an educational resource and medical leader for road races from the 5K distance up through the ultra-distances. In 2009, the IIRM saw the need to expand its reach and partnerships beyond the continental United States to Europe and beyond. The IIRM has established officers and a broader mission to enhance how road racing medical professionals learn and interact. Recently, the IIRM has developed a partnership with the Matthew Good Foundation and Loughborough University from the United Kingdom.