The IAAF Health and Science Department is pleased to invite you to the first International Conference on Road Races in Urban and Extreme Environments - R2UE2. The event will take place at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, Al Rayyan room, on the 4th of October 2019 in Doha, Qatar, during the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.

We will discuss four main aspects of endurance and road races:

1 - Temperature stress and exercise 

2 - Air quality and athletic performance in the urban setting 

3 - Practical prevention strategies 

4 - Medical management of mass road races in urban and extreme environments


This programme is intended for physicians, nurses, physical therapists, emergency medical technicians, coaches, athletics trainers, and other healthcare providers who have an interest in sports medicine, quality medical care and training-methodological preparation of endurance events.

The objective of the conference is to provide the participants with the latest advancements and the most up-to-date approaches in supporting the safe organisation of endurance events. In particular, the conference will focus on four main aspects: road races and extreme environments, temperature stress and exercise, air quality and athletic performance in the urban setting, practical prevention strategies and medical management of mass events. After having set the context for each of the four areas, with the necessary physiological background, speakers will present the supporting scientific evidences on which practical strategies are implemented and allow for a safe competition even in the harshest conditions.

The conference will take place on Friday 4 October, starting at 9.00am and finishing at 16.45.


During the conference, the participant will:

  • Explore the role of the physician and health care provider as it relates to promoting the well-being and activity level of patients;
  • Foster development of clinical expertise as it relates to diagnosis of running-related illnesses, focusing on prevention and treatment;

 We would be delighted if you could join us in the first edition of the IAAF Road Races in Urban and Extreme Environments - R2UE2 Conference.

 Registration to the conference is free of charge and includes:

- Access to the conference venue

- Coffee breaks and lunch

- Complimentary access to the Khalifa Stadium for the 4th of October for participants attending the conference


Click HERE to register


For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us: healthandscience@iaaf.org

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Race Emergency Medicine Workshop

Race Medical Directors will have the opportunity to improve their knowledge and race-day management skills at the IAAF-IIRM Race Emergency Medicine Workshop, to be held in Doha on 5 October. The workshop will take place at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort and Convention Hotel.

The IAAF-IIRM Emergency Race Medicine Workshop – Doha, is a one-day course combining theory and practice, with the objective of providing participants with the ability to manage various scenarios, as they relate to medical and health care management during endurance events.

Participation in the workshop is limited to 60 people, as the practical part of the course will be delivered through small groups, and participants’ interaction is a fundamental part of the learning process.

Participation is free of charge for all participants. Registration priority will be given to Race Medical Directors of IAAF Labelled road races, as part of their mandatory continuing medical education. Other healthcare professionals are welcome to register, and their participation will be confirmed upon availability of places and on a first-come first-served basis. Registered participants will get a certificate of attendance at the end of the workshop. Registration can be done through the IAAF website.


List of topics and activities:

  1. Exertional heat stroke and heat-related illness
  2. Management of cardiovascular arrest and exercise associated collapse on the race course
  3. Treating dehydration and exertional hyponatremia
  4. How to predict individual risk factors, how to collect medical encounter information and mass casualty protocols to plan


Following the conclusion of the course, the participant will be able to:

  • Predict individual risk factors for running related injury and illness using baseline data available at time of registration;
  • Adopt novel approaches to supplement and strengthen traditional epidemiological methods for collecting medical encounters;
  • Explain the criteria for diagnosis of exertional hyponatremia and its role in administering appropriate treatment;
  • Outline intervention strategies to potentially reduce risk of fatal and near fatal medical encounters during endurance events;
  • Demonstrate how to follow medical algorithms to evaluate and manage collapsed athletes;
  • Outline a strategy to assess the differential diagnosis and provide appropriate treatment for runners who have collapsed during or after an endurance event;
  • Explain best practices for managing pre-hospital care of exertional heat stroke;
  • Explain the basic principles of mass casualty triage;
  • Apply the use of medical algorithms for management of common injuries and events encountered during a marathon.


The next Race Emergency Medicine Workshops will be running:

 - Doha, Sheraton Grand Doha Resort and Convention Hotel, 5th October 2019

 - Valencia, Alqueria Del Basquet on the 9th November 2019

 - Singapore, 28th November 2019


 Click HERE to register


For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us: healthandscience@iaaf.org

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IIRM-IAAF 2019 Endurance Medicine Conference - Washington D.C.

The IAAF-IIRM 2019 Endurance Medicine Conference Series will take place at the Alice and Russell True Auditorium MedStar Washington Hospital Centre, 110 Irving Street, NW, Washington, DC, on 26th October, starting at 8.00 am and finishing at 16.50.

This one-day medical conference focuses on topics related to running medicine and providing care in medical tents at mass-participation endurance events. Attendees are invited to volunteer in the medical tent at the Marine Corps Marathon on race day

The program will help prepare medical and health volunteers to provide care at endurance events, as well as touch on topics relevant to sports and running medicine. Here's a glimpse of what to expect: 

  • Use of the New Algorithms for Assessment and Management of Race Medical Care
  • Stress Fractures of the Lumbar Spine and the Runner’s Return to Activity
  • Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis
  • Interactive workshops on evaluating cardiovascular conditions in the medical tent, exertional heat stroke, exertional hyponatremia, hypothermia, and more! View the full agenda.


For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us: healthandscience@iaaf.org

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