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Welcome--a new professional group in road racing medicine.

On October 11, over 40 medical professionals gathered at the headquarters of the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon to kick off a new organization within the competitive sport of road racing. The new group, the American Road Racing Medical Society (ARRMS), is a result of the vision of Bill Roberts, M.D. Bill is the Twin Cities Marathon Medical Director, Life Member of AMAA, and the newly elected President of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Bill and I began an e-mail discussion in late spring 2002 and continued to gather interest within AMAA and the road racing community into this year. The result is a new division within AMAA and the American Running Association (ARA). ARRMS will serve the road racing community in North America as an educational resource and medical authority for road races from the 5K distance up through the ultra distances. The initial meeting focused on the group's purpose, direction, committees, and short and long terms goals for ARRMS. One of the first steps was to determine who could join. Simply put, anyone who is a medical or allied-health care professional who works or volunteers at road races is eligible. Further membership definitions are being developed by one of the organizing committees.

AMAA and ARA welcome this group as another branch of our health and running-focused organization. ARRMS will serve to educate the running industry, race organizers and the public about medical issues that impact the sport of running and road racing events. See page 5 for more information about ARRMS and its inaugural meeting.

Dave Watt, AMAA Executive Director
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Title Annotation:Front of the Pack
Author:Watt, Dave
Publication:AMAA Journal
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 22, 2003
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