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Updated: 10 Bix runners taken to the hospital from the course
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Updated: 10 Bix runners taken to the hospital from the course

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Volunteers help a runner off the course during the 47th annual Quad-City Times Bix 7 on Saturday.

The start-time temperature for the Quad-City Times Bix 7 was reasonable, but the mercury shot up quickly and so did the action inside the medical tent.

Medic EMS says 10 runners were transported from the Bix course to a hospital  — four to Genesis East, four to Genesis West and two to UnityPoint Trinity-Bettendorf.

At 6 p.m. Saturday, Genesis public information officer Craig Cooper said all of the runners taken to Genesis had been treated and released.

One person treated in the tent was transported to the hospital, according to Genesis Health System officials. By 10:30 a.m., 36 runners had been treated in the tent, located just past the finish line.

Beat the Elite runner Doug Boleyn, 53, was the first patient escorted into the tent. Innovation officer at Genesis Health System, Boleyn was treated and released by colleagues from Genesis, which staffs the medical tent with dozens of volunteer doctors, nurses, aids and others.

A few runners had been wheeled in behind Boleyn around 8:45 a.m., but the temperature had climbed above 80 degrees by 9 a.m.

Longtime medical volunteers predicted before the race that they would be busy, given the direct correlation they have witnessed between Bix-day humidity and the number of runners getting overheated and under-hydrated.

For this year's race, the Genesis tent was expanded into a 40-by-120-foot mammoth to accommodate greater spacing of patient cots. The second, air-conditioned tent, was taken out of service this year.

"I didn't want anything enclosed because of COVID," said Dr. Ed Motto, longtime medical director for the race. "We're just like a clinic out here; that's what we are.

"If we're going to help somebody in, we'll be in masks."

A sign just outside the tent reminded volunteers to mask before entering.

"This tent is an extension of the hospital," Adam Haut, director of ambulance service at Genesis, Silvis, told the nearly 100 volunteers who stood by to help runners. "I expect we'll have a lot of patients today. It's 10 minutes til 8, and we're already sweating." 

Medic EMS said it had 20 paramedic ambulances placed around the course, along with three paramedic level bike medic teams, seven Davenport Fire Department vehicles and two mobile fire department gators.

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