COURSE SAFETY

COURSE SAFETY

RunnersHealth™

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon has added an additional layer of safety for race participants running the half and full marathons.  First Responders and Emergency Personnel will have access to a Medical QR Code™ that is printed on your race bib and provided by RunnersHealth™.  This information is safe, secure and can be used to help save your life in case of an emergency.

Your race bib will have a Medical QR Code that is only accessible to emergency personnel which links to this information.   After the race your information can no longer be accessed with this QR Code. RunnersHealth on Facebook

Click Here to Watch a Video Demonstrating Medical QR Codes 

Verify or Add Information to Your RunnersHealth™ Profile

Simply follow the link below and complete these easy steps:

  • Emergency Contacts – Be certain to enter multiple Emergency contacts
  • Allergies to Medications, foods or things like bee stings
  • Medications you may be taking
  • Medical Conditions that could compromise emergency treatment

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Event Alert System (EAS) // Emergency Action System

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon utilizes a color-coded Event Alert System (EAS) for our races that communicate the status of course conditions on race day. The levels range from Low (green) to Moderate (yellow) to High (red) to Extreme (black) based on the weather, security measures and other course conditions. On race day, the current EAS status will be communicated via color-coded flags at the start and finish areas and along the course at each medical station.

All participants should familiarize themselves with the EAS prior to the race, remain alert for directions from race officials, and take precautions to prepare properly for varying weather or course conditions on race day.  Signage explaining the EAS will be available at the EXPO. 

AID STATIONS & EMS

Medical personnel will be stationed at each aid station along the racecourse to monitor and treat any athlete who is injured or in distress. Aid stations contain first aid personnel, portable toilet facilities, water & Honey Stinger Gels. Baton Rouge EMS will also be providing medical support throughout the racecourse on both days.

Medical Support

Each medical tent will be staffed with teams of medical professionals, and equipped with emergency equipment and supplies. The Main Medical Tent is located just past the finish line.

FAMILY RELATIONS TENT

This tent is an area for family/friends to inquire about the health status of a runner. Due to medical confidentiality, medical personnel cannot provide medical information on a runner unless the runner provides oral permission to the designated person(s) or if the runner has provided race organizers with an emergency contact person(s).

MEDICAL COORDINATOR: RAY CASTLE, PHD, ATC, LAT

Ray has been the director of the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training at LSU since 2002 and also serves as associate professor of professional practice at LSU. He has had an impressive career as a licensed athletic trainer and has served on many professional boards and committees. Ray has also been heavily involved in large-scale athletic event coverage, including the 1992 US Olympic Track & Field Trials, 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, Louisiana Marathon, Boston Marathon, and Ironman Texas Triathlon.

QUESTIONS?

For addition information or special requests, contact Ray Castle, our Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon Medical Coordinator or: medical@msgulfcoastmarathon.com

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