The IAAF Health and Science Department, in cooperation with the International Institute of Race Medicine – IIRM,  is pleased to invite you to the first International Conference on Road Races in Urban and Extreme Environments - R2UE2. The events will take place at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, Al Rayyan room, on the 4th of October 2019 in Doha, Qatar, during the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.

We will discuss four main aspects of endurance and road races:

1 - Temperature stress and exercise 

2 - Air quality and athletic performance in the urban setting 

3 - Practical prevention strategies 

4 - Medical management of mass road races in urban and extreme environments 


This program is intended for physician, nurses, physical therapists, EMT’s, athletics trainers, and other healthcare providers who have an interest in sports medicine and providing quality medical care at mass participation endurance events.


The objective of the conference is to provide the participants with the latest advancements and the most up to date approaches in supporting the safe organisation of endurance events. In particular, the conference will focus on four main aspects, road races and extreme environments, temperature stress and exercise, air quality and athletic performance in the urban setting, practical prevention strategies and medical management of mass events. After having set the context for each of the four areas, with the necessary physiological background, speakers will present the supporting scientific evidences on which practical strategies are implemented and allow for a safe competition even in the harshest conditions.

The Conference will take place on Friday 4th October, starting at 9.00 am and finishing at 16.45.


During the conference, the participant will:

  • Explore the role of the physician and health care provider as it relates to promoting the well-being and activity level of patients;
  • Foster development of clinical expertise as it relates to diagnosis of running-related illnesses, focusing on prevention and treatment;

 We would be delighted if you could join us in the first edition of the IAAF Road Races in Urban and Extreme Environments - R2UE2 Conference.

 Registration to the conference is free of charge and includes:

- Access to the conference venue

- Coffee breaks and lunch

- Complimentary access to the Khalifa Stadium for the 4th of October for participants attending the conference


Click HERE to register


For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us: healthandscience@iaaf.org

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Race Emergency Medicine Workshop - DOHA

The IAAF-IIRM Emergency Race Medicine Workshop will take place at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, Al Rayyan room, on Saturday 5th October, starting at 8.30 am and finishing at 13.30.


The IAAF-IIRM Emergency Race Medicine Workshop – Doha, is a 100% practical course that has the objective of providing participants with the abilities and skills to manage various scenarios, as they relate to race-day medical and health care management during endurance events. Participation to the workshop is limited to 60 participants and requires a specific registration as all activities will be organized in small groups. The workshop will be delivered through non-formal learning and participants’ interaction is a fundamental part of the learning process. Participation to the workshop is free of charge for Race Medical Directors of IAAF Labelled road races, as part of their mandatory continuing medical education. Registration priority will be given to Race Medical Directors, other healthcare professionals are welcome to register to the workshop and their participation will be confirmed on a first come first served basis.


List of topics and activities:


  1. Exertional heat stroke and heat-related illness
  2. Cardiovascular arrest on the race course management
  3. Treating dehydration and exertional hyponatremia
  4. How to predict individual risk factors, how to collect medical encounter information and mass casualty protocols to plan


Following the conclusion of the course, the participant will be able to:

  • Predict individual risk factors for running related injury and illness using baseline data available at time of registration;
  • Adopt novel approaches to supplement and strengthen traditional epidemiological methods for collecting medical encounters;
  • Explain the criteria for diagnosis of exertional hyponatremia and its role in administering appropriate treatment;
  • Outline intervention strategies to potentially reduce risk of fatal and near fatal medical encounters during endurance events;
  • Demonstrate how to follow medical algorithms to evaluate and manage collapsed athletes;
  • Outline a strategy to assess the differential diagnosis and provide appropriate treatment for runners who have collapsed during or after an endurance event;
  • Explain best practices for managing pre-hospital care of exertional heat stroke;
  • Explain the basic principles of mass casualty triage;
  • Apply the use of medical algorithms for management of common injuries and events encountered during a marathon.


 Click HERE to register


For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us: healthandscience@iaaf.org


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