2012 Comrades Marathon : Event Statistics
Water 200 0000 sachets
Energade 660 000 sachets
Mega Load 62 000 sachets
Mageu Number 1 10 000 sachets
Assorted Chocolates 1 ton
Bottles / Cups 800 000
Assorted Biscuits 1200kg
Box Bins 3950
Potatoes 2 tons
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The Comrades Marathon Association has its prime focus on the health, safety and wellbeing of its runners and as such, has prioritised its medical provisions. It is important to remember that the medical attention is retro-active, i.e. we only respond when a runner is in trouble. Prevention is better than cure, and the prevention of problems is in the hands of you, the runner.
The CMA will provide the following medical facilities for runners:-
ON THE ROUTE:
16 ambulances equipped with satellite tracking to enable us to accurately position the vehicles and ensure optimal response times to attend to runner’s difficulty.
6 rapid response vehicles with advanced life support paramedics and full emergency equipment
4 motor bikes / quad bikes with paramedics
This will be controlled from the medical joint operations control, based on the finish, where there will be 8 computers, a full complement of staff to operate and record all details and dispatch vehicles as and when necessary.
All calls for medical assistance for runners should be made to Netcare 911 medical emergency number 082 911. These calls will then be routed directly to the Medical JOC.
Netcare 911 Physio/ 1st Aid Stations:
8 stations incorporating qualified Physios / Professional Nurses / Paramedical staff.
These will treat minor medical problems. It will also do blood sugar testing. Can be used to treat/ stabilise runners until arrival of ambulance. Physio students will also be at certain refreshment stations along the route. Physio tent is also positioned at finish.
Adcock Ingram Critical Care Medical Tent
50 Doctors and interns
Mini laboratory provided by Ampath Laboratories
A three bed, fully equipped, ICU type, resuscitation area. This area will have a dedicated specialist emergency team to provide appropriate emergency care if needed.
We will have a mobile medical resuscitation trailer on the finish line. This will be staffed by an emergency care doctor and a paramedic. Its purpose is to be used as a primary, emergency resuscitation area if a runner is in severe trouble at the finish and needs care immediately, prior to being transferred to a medical tent.
In addition there will be an advanced life support paramedic being stationed along, or at the end of the Toyota Mile. The paramedic will be able to respond to calls to runners in that area who are in trouble before they enter the stadium.
St. John’s Ambulance tent.
For R&R, Rub downs, strapping and massage etc.
St. Anne’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg will be utilised for those runners who require hospitalisation before halfway.
St. Augustine’s Hospital in Durban will be our referral hospital from the second half of the race and the finish.
Runners with Medical Aid may be charged at Medical Aid rates. Those without will be treated free of charge for a maximum of 24 hours. [sponsored by Netcare].
PUBLIC 1ST AID:
Will be provided by Netcare at the finish venue at the Sahara-Kingsmead Stadium in Durban.
2012 Comrades Marathon : Entry Statistics
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