The Comrades Marathon Association released the medical statistics for the 2022 race, which revealed that 11 709 runners out of 13 213 managed to cross the finish line. Two participants tragically passed away.
COMRADES MARATHON MEDICAL STATISTICS
Jeremy Boulter, the Comrades Marathon race doctor, said more than 82 runners received hospital treatment after Sunday’s race.
According to the statistics, of the 82 runners, 19 were admitted to hospital, including seven that ended up in an intensive care unit (ICU). By Tuesday, most of them were stable and close to being discharged.
A further 341 runners received medical attention at the finish line at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
“The Comrades Marathon is a tough race. The aim of our extensive medical provisions is to allow us to help a runner in just about any medical eventuality should the need arise.
“The majority of the runners who were attended to at the Medical Facility were dehydrated and exhausted. Although these are fairly minor symptoms, our medical staff had another busy Comrades Race Day on their hands but all within their grasp,” said Boulter.
Hollywoodbets Athletics Club member, Mzamo Mthembu, died after collapsing mid-race. The club confirmed his passing in a statement. While Phakamile Ntshiza died in hospital after he collapsed in Pinetown.
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