Marathon Monday: PeaceHealth supports runners and spectators on race weekend

PeaceHealth has partnered with the Eugene Marathon this year to provide medical tents for runners on race day and PeaceHealth Rides bikes for spectators to get around.

Posted: Apr 3, 2019 1:01 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- PeaceHealth is the exclusive healthcare sponsor for this year’s Eugene Marathon weekend. It will be along the race helping runners every step of the way. PeaceHealth medical tents will be stocked with supplies to help runners run and recover.

“You know, basically just first aid supplies. At the finish line especially, we have IV fluids if we absolutely need them. There is also ice. There is the mylar warming blankets. And lots of water bottles,” said Dr. Lorne Bigley, family physician at PeaceHealth.

Dr. Bigley says some of the most common injuries on race day are scrapes, blisters, and dehydration. Most of which can be fixed along the course with a bandage or a bottle of water.

Dr. Bigley says it’s the end of the race where they’ve had the most trouble in the past.

“When we first started the Eugene Marathon, people would go across the finish line and then they would just stop. And when they stopped their blood vessels were really dilatated and the had vascular collapse, and all the fluid went down to their feet and they got lightheaded and dizzy, and they wouldn’t recover until we gave them IV fluids,” Bigley said.

So PeaceHealth found a solution, keep runners moving.

“The main thing is to keep walking after you finish. Don’t stop. That’s a mantra that we have. Keep walking, keep walking over to the recovery area because when you stop that’s when a lot of bad things happen,” Bigley said.

Runners won’t be the only ones moving on race day. Specially designed PeaceHealth Rides bikes will be out to celebrate race weekend and a birthday too.

“In honor of our partnership with the Eugene Marathon, we commissioned an artist, who developed some imagery celebrating the marathon, celebrating Eugene, and celebrating the PeaceHealth Rides bikes, and bringing it all together,” said Marcy Marshall, director of public relations and marketing for PeaceHealth Oregon.

The Eugene Marathon will also have a map so spectators can use the PeaceHealth Rides to follow their runner around the course and cheer them on at multiple spots throughout the morning.

Marshall says their excited to partner with the Eugene Marathon to help runners and spectators on race weekend.

“It’s about finding people, organizations, and events in our footprint in lane county that support the same things so that we can do it bigger and better and put our arms around the whole county in support of community health and wellness,” Marshall said.

PeaceHealth will also have blender bikes on race weekend and supplies for spectators to make cheerful and funny signs to support runners.

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