More than 1,600 participants sped towards the finish line last Saturday, proving their endurance and testing their abilities in the 23rd year of the NorthShore Inline Marathon. “It was a fun atmosphere, as expected,” said Dr. Carl Rasmussen, a medical volunteer at the race as well as family medicine and sports medicine physician at St. Luke’s Mount Royal Medical Clinic. He stood among a team of other volunteer physicians, nurses, paramedics, and athletic trainers at St. Luke’s medical tent ready to care for any injuries the race would bring.
Fortunately, the medical team didn’t see much action. “We had much fewer racers requiring medical attention than in past years, which is a good result for all,” explained Dr. Rasmussen. While the team was well prepared to care for athletes, Dr. Jesse Coenen, medical director of the NorthShore Inline Marathon as well as family medicine and sports medicine physician at St. Luke’s Medical Arts Clinic, reported that the most common injuries were abrasions from falls.
“It was great to be involved and help out,” Dr. Rasmussen said. From organizing supplies and people to supporting the athletes on the big day, both he and Dr. Coenen felt this year’s race was a definite success.