Monday, July 21, 2008
Badwater Ultramarathon - 7.14.2008
Ah! Another successful year at Badwater from a medical perspective. It was a "fast" year with many fine performances and a women's course record by Jamie Donaldson and a win by Jorge Pacheco. There were lots of races within the race too, like between Pam Reed and Dean Karnazes, making this one of the most exciting Badwaters ever.
The medical team consisted of doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics and exercise physiologists. We formally treated about 20 people, including a few crew members. The most popular reason was for dehydration and heat exhaustion, but there were other medical issues as well like nausea, vomiting, and an upper respiratory infection.
John Vonhof and Denise Jones tended to numerous foot problems, patching up runners and enabling them to finish there races.
It was a "slow" year for medical. We saw about 2/3 the usual number of patients. I attribute that to the cooler weather, like last year, 115 degrees F, but also to the high caliber athletes at this year's event.
After the race, we enjoyed the post-race party, the post-post-race party, and a Mt Whitney summit.
We had the privilege of having Dr. Brent Ruby and his colleagues from the University of Montana doing medical research on water turnover and core temperature at the race. These results should be very interesting!
HERE are my pictures.
HERE are the full race results.
Danny Westergaard and Anita Fromm completed their double crossings!! Lisa Smith-Batchen completed her run from Las Vegas to Badwater, then to Mt. Whitney and its summit. In October she will ride the Furnace Creek 508 to complete her 810 miles for charity.