MEDICAL TEAM ON THE COURSE
On average, 1 to 3 percent of every 1,000 entrants will seek medical assistance along the course or at the finish line. With that in mind, the Novant Health team members are positioned along the course and at the finish line. All medical team members can be identified by yellow safety vests and Novant Health apparel, and all are trained to assist in medical care. A medical team will be assigned to each aid station along the course.
Communications are established with all medical team members to provide access to mobile medical teams and ambulance services. Seriously injured or ill runners will be transported from any of the medical aid stations on the course, and well runners who drop out of the race will be taken to the finish area. Medical staff will have first-aid supplies at every medical location.
FINISH LINE MEDICAL TENT
The finish line medical tent is staffed and supplied to treat common marathon-related injuries and illnesses, and to begin stabilization procedures for severe problems. Any runner who requests assistance will be evaluated in the medical tent and treated based on our protocols for runner medical care. The medical team may authorize transportation to a nearby hospital in case of serious injury or illness. Advanced life-support ambulances are stationed immediately adjacent to the medical tent for emergency situations.
No media, family or friends of ill or injured runners are allowed in the medical tent or area because of privacy, confidentiality, biohazard and crowding issues. There is a family-waiting area near the medical tent for information and waiting for a runner to be released from the medical treatment facility.
IMPAIRED RUNNER POLICY
Medical team members are authorized to remove from the race course any runner deemed medically impaired without an automatic disqualification. To be allowed to continue the race, a runner must:
- Be able to proceed in a straight path toward the finish line
- Be able to explain who they are, where they are on the course and what they are doing
- Look clinically fit to proceed with good skin color and body appearance
- Be able to maintain a reasonable running posture
DOWNED RUNNER PROCEDURE
When a runner is in distress during or immediately after the race, the medical team will assess the runner’s medical condition, provide medical treatment and advanced life support, as well as transfer to a medical facility if needed. On the course, a fellow runner is most likely to be the “first on scene.” Run For Your Life & Novant Health will give a complimentary and guaranteed registration for next year’s race to a runner who helps a fellow runner in a time of need. This is titled our “runners helping runners” policy. All of our course volunteers have a central number that they can call to alert the medical team of an emergency problem on the course.
The Novant Health medical team includes more than 100 team members from both sports medicine and emergency medicine backgrounds. Team members include both sports medicine and trauma physicians and certified athletic trainers to paramedics, nurses, emergency medical technicians and physical therapists.
Keith Anderson, MD, has served as medical director for the Novant Health Charlotte Marathon the past five years. An avid runner and triathlete who is board-certified in both sports medicine and family medicine, Dr. Anderson practices at Novant Health Cotswold Medical Clinic. He has served on the medical team for the Kona Ironman in addition to the yearly, Novant Health Charlotte Marathon. He also serves at the team physician to Queens University and the U.S.A. Olympic Canoe & Kayak team. He has travelled extensively with the Olympic team to the 2012 London Olympiad, the 2015 Pan-Am Games in Toronto and the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympiad; as well as served at the Olympic Trials for both the United States and Canada multiple times. Dr Anderson has been recognized as one of the Top Doctors in Sports Medicine by Charlotte Magazine, as well as named one of the Top Forty Under 40 Business Professionals, and has served on the North Carolina Medical Society Sports Medicine Committee since 2013. He is also adjunct faculty at Wake Forest School of Medicine and the University of North Carolina College of Medicine.
David Rentz, MD, is a board-certified emergency medicine physician and serves as medical director and chair of the emergency department at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center. The emergency department at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center sees approximately 90,000 patients each year and is one of the largest emergency departments in the region. In 2014, Dr. Rentz was recognized as one of the Top Doctors in Emergency Medicine-Charlotte Magazine. He did his Emergency Medicine residency at LSU, was at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, La. from 2000-2004, and has lived in Charlotte since 2004.
Lisa Werkheiser Rentz, M.D., is a board certified emergency medicine physician and has been the medical director for Novant Health Event Medicine since 2015. She has been practicing at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center since 2007 as a partner with MidAtlantic Emergency Medical Associates. She completed her Emergency Medicine residency at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. She was a collegiate field hockey player and has continued to be very physically active running, doing yoga and weightlifting. She has been an avid Crossfitter since 2010. Her passion for fitness and nutrition has been fostered by all Charlotte has to offer the fitness community, and she is proud to be part of the healthcare team for Novant Health Charlotte Marathon. She lives in Charlotte with her husband and two young sons.
Eric Warren, MD, serves as the medical director for Novant Health’s sports medicine department and is certified in both Family Medicine and Sports Medicine. The department works in conjunction with over 20 primary care and orthopedic sports medicine physicians across Novant Health and includes a team of more than 60 athletic trainers and physical therapists who coordinate and provide medical care to numerous active population events and professional and amateur sports organizations throughout the Carolinas and Virginia. Dr. Warren has been recognized multiple years as one of the Top Doctors in sports medicine by Charlotte Magazine.