Race Emergency Medicine Course

The World Academy for Endurance Medicine is committed to upskilling healthcare professionals overseeing medical support at World Athletics Label Road Races and other mass-participation endurance events around the world with its Race Emergency Medicine Course (REMC). This course provides participants with the opportunity to improve their knowledge and race-day medical management skills with lectures, skill-building activities, and race-day observation.


The REMC trains healthcare professionals to deliver quality medical leadership at mass-participation endurance events. By combining e-Learning and in-person components, the course introduces participants to standardised medical concepts, procedures, and protocols in race medicine. The in-person component of the course is held in conjunction with selected mass-participation events. This provides course participants with the opportunity to observe and support (when available) host medical staff in delivering medical care on race day. The course is open to race medical directors, as well as other healthcare professionals. Individuals who attend the course and are not associated with a World Academy member race, receive access for one year to the World Academy's e-Learning modules, presentation videos and slides, and member-exclusive articles.  

The REMC is limited to 30 participants to achieve the course’s learning objectives with small-group collaboration. The REMC certification is required for all race medical directors of World Athletics Label Road Races* and, therefore, they are given the first opportunity to attend. Additional participation is based on the availability of spots and is offered on a first-come first-served basis. 

*Medical Directors of Label Road Races will be required to participate in at least one Race Emergency Medicine Course every three years as part of their continuing medical education. Race organizers will be required to include the name of the medical director who holds participation certificate(s) when applying for a World Athletics Label.

Course Structure

The REMC is divided into two components: an e-Learning course to be completed autonomously before the event and a two-day in-person workshop (including the race observation and/or support). Together these provide practical and theoretical learning and the opportunity to observe and/or support medical procedures at the host race. Both components of the course, e-Learning and in-person attendance, must be completed to attain the Race Emergency Medicine Course certification.

Learning Outcomes

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 the time of registration.
  • Adopt novel approaches to supplement and strengthen traditional epidemiological methods for collecting medical encounters.
  • Outline intervention strategies to potentially reduce the risk of fatal and near-fatal medical encounters during endurance events.
  • Explain the basic principles of mass-casualty triage.
  • Manage medical care for individuals entering the medical tent at a road race.
  • Apply the use of medical algorithms for the management of common injuries and events encountered during road races.
  • Outline a strategy to assess the differential diagnosis and provide appropriate treatment for runners who have collapsed during or after an endurance event.
  • Perform pre-hospital care for exertional heat stroke.
  • Explain the criteria for diagnosis of exertional hyponatremia and its role in administering appropriate treatment.
  • Implement steps for temperature monitoring and/or warming for hypothermic athletes.

 View details about the certification and the registration fee



A theoretical part accessible 3 months prior to the workshop

Morning: Tabletop & simulation of different scenarios

Afternoon: Hands-on learning & visit of race medical facilities

Volunteering in the race medical facility when allowed by race management, or observation at key course locations.



Contact us at info@endurancemedicine.org.


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