Medical staff and volunteers manning the medical tent at 3rd and LeClaire streets during the Quad-City Times Bix 7 road race Saturday saw fewer injuries this year, thanks to cooler temperatures.
“It’s very low, comparatively,” Genesis spokesman Craig Cooper said of the injuries treated in the first 90 minutes of the race.
“We’re just very fortunate to have had a nice weather day.”
The temperature reached 66 degrees at the start of the race and was about 72 degrees just after 10 a.m.
By 9:30 a.m., four people were transported by ambulance from around the course and around 10 people had been treated at the medical tent.
By 11 a.m., 22 people were treated at the medical tent. Cooper said it was the lowest number that he could remember from past races.
Adam Haut, nurse manager for the emergency room at Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street, Davenport, said there were around 130 volunteers manning the tent this year.
The tent featured six stations with six teams that included one to two doctors or a nurse practitioner to treat runner injuries throughout the race.
“We’re really trying to be a mobile hospital,” Haut said.
Cooper said the injuries most commonly seen on race day are heat-related. While medical staff saw some people with scratches or sore knees, several patients’ injuries were caused by the temperature.
“Even though it’s not hot, it’s easy to get dehydrated, he said.”
By 9:30 a.m., medical staff did not use the air conditioned tent, Cooper said.
Chuck Gipson, quality education manager for Medic EMS, said there were 21 ambulances situated around the course to handle any emergencies that arise. That includes rigs from Medic EMS, Genesis, Dubuque and Durant, he said.
Gipson said that although the weather was cooler this year, he still expected to see some injuries during the race.
“People will push themselves harder (because of the weather) and overdo it and get in trouble,” he said.
In a news release, Medic EMS said it responded to 10 dispatches from the course, transporting five race participants, one volunteer and one spectator to area hospitals.
Davenport police officers, volunteers, and Scott County Sheriff’s deputies also were out on the course throughout the day to help keep things running smoothly.
Davenport Police Lt. Shawn Voigts said that there were no major issues during the race. Sixteen vehicles that were illegally parked on the course were towed Saturday, he said.