Comrades: tons of chocolates, mageu and Vaseline galore to surmount the challenge

2011-05-13 00:00

ALL is set for the Comrades Marathon on May 29 with 19 617 runners— comprising 78% males and 22% females — set to participate in the 86,94 km race.

On the day organisers will see 48 refreshment tables on the race route with Pepsi Cola donating 38 000 litres of the drink while another sponsor, Energade sponsors 660 000 sachets of the energy liquid.

Athletes will be supplied with two million sachets of water, 10 000 sachets of mageu while 600 boxes of bananas, 784 bags of oranges, two tons of chocolate, two tons of potatoes and 800 kilograms of biscuits will be made available. Almost 120 litres of Vaseline will be used.

Netcare 911 will provide 16 ambulances equipped with satellite tracking while six rapid response vehicles with advanced life support paramedics and full emergency equipment will be available.

Motorbikes, quadbikes with paramedics and a helicopter dedicated to the race will also be among the emergency vehicles.

All these will be controlled from the medical joint operations control (JOC) based at the finishing line where there will be eight computers and staff.

All calls for medical assistance for runners should be made to the Netcare 911 medical emergency number 082 911 and these calls will then be routed direct to the Medical JOC.

A full complement of staff will be available to treat minor medical problems, checking blood sugar levels, treat / stabilise runners until the arrival of the ambulance.

At the finishing line there’ll be an Adcock Ingram Critical Care medical tent to attend to runners with 50 doctors and interns as well as 20 nurses on hand. A two-bed fully equipped ICU type resuscitation area with a dedicated specialist emergency team to provide appropriate emergency care if needed will be put up.

Emergency paramedics follow the race and about 5 000 volunteers will also give their time during the race.

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