All board members of the International Institute of Race Medicine are leaders in the field of endurance medicine. Many have over 30 years of practical knowledge in running these types of diverse medical programs, while others have dedicated their research careers to the field of sport medicine.
Our intent is to establish an international community with a strong desire to collaborate with a number of medical event teams ‒ all with an interest in providing a safe environment for all runners.
Douglas J. Casa
Francis G. O'Connor
Aaron L. Baggish
Samuel N. Chevrount
Daniel E. Lieberman
The road race industry has been witness to a tremendous amount of growth. Even during the down-turn in the country’s economic state, road races and individual athletic events exceeded business expectations. Today, races and events continue to sell out in record time with the numbers of participants 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. Road racing has now become a big business.
Running USA numbers indicate there are over 650 marathons, 1200 half marathons, and 2500 10Ks. These numbers don't even take into account the numerous 5Ks, triathlons, terrain-type races, and charity walks.
During this explosion of growth, we have also been witness to an hightened sense of concern for runner safety and emergency preparedness. The International Institute of Race Medicine, which started out with a small group of medical professionals interested in addressing this problem, realized that we needed to match the industry's growth – an industry that goes well beyond the borders of the United States.
As you will see in the various aspects of our website, the IIRM has a primary mission: to provide a central site of information for those interested in providing the safest possible environment for our athletes.
Our industry has no set standards of care, no means of collecting information and data, and no educational component to assist all levels of medical professionals, working or volunteering at these events. By no means is this website complete. What you are seeing is only the beginning. Future improvements rely on continued input from our members and others willing to share information. If you have ideas for educational components that you feel should be included on, we'd love to hear from you (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We look forward to working with you to improve our industry and the well-being of runners!
Chris Troyanos, ATC
International Institute for Race Medicine
The mission of the International Institute for Race Medicine is to promote the health and safety of athletes participating in endurance events through education, research, and the development of medical best practices.
This will be accomplished by:
• Sharing credible information as it pertains to all medical aspects of running and endurance events.
• Promoting research and improvements in clinical care for participants in road races and mass participation sporting events.
• Developing collaborative relationships with public safety groups.
• Establishing reliable medical protocols and logistical matrixes that can be used by all mass participation events.
• Establishing liaisons to various groups, corporations, and organizations that will help promote the mission of the IIRM and the endurance sports industry.
The American Road Racing Medical Society (ARRMS) 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..
ARRMS was the result of a vision of Bill Roberts, MD, the Twin Cities Marathon Medical Director, Life Member of American Medical Athletic Association (AMAA), and Immediate-Past President of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Over the first few years of ARRMS existence, it officers and a broader mission to enhance how road racing medical professionals learn and interact.
Dr. Roberts envisioned that ARRMS would serve all medical professionals who work and/or volunteer at any size road race. Its mission serves to educate the running industry, race organizers, and the public about medical issues that impact the sport of running and road racing. It also has expanded its mission to serve individual runners who can benefit by receiving accurate educational information about nutrition, training, and injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Recently, the IIRM developed a partnership with the Matthew Good Foundation and the Good Family from the United Kingdom. Through their support and guidance, we have renamed our organization as the International Institute for Race Medicine to help our message reach worldwide.
As an IIRM member, you can:
IIRM individual members receive:
IIRM event members receive everything that individual members receive, as well as: