Adrianna Rowe is a medical student from the U of C's UCLIC program, who has been spending time working in Canmore in her final Med school year. She volunteered medical support at this year's Grizzly Ultra. She writes:
"On a bright and sunny Thanksgiving Sunday, I volunteered with the medical team supporting the Grizzly Ultra Marathon & Relay in Canmore, Alberta. It was a busy, high energy event, with over 1000 runners participating, including Dr. Reed. The event attracted athletes of all abilities in all shapes, sizes and costumes.
The medical team consisted of three EMR and first aid certified volunteers, as well as myself, a third year medical student. The day was quiet for us, our most demanding tasks being putting on band-aids and handing out ice bags with a smile. We were prepared for more serious injuries thanks to resources and equipment from St. John’s Ambulance, but thankfully we did not need it.
Our most important job may have been redirecting some avid 4 year old racers who wanted to run a kilometre instead of 100m in the kid’s race! This left us with plenty of time to socialize with participants and organizers, and to enjoy the crisp fall day.
Mass Gathering Medicine Calgary is a group of medical students, residents, practicing physicians, health care professionals, and other volunteers who have an interest in providing healthcare and first aid at mass gathering events. Event medicine not only provides learning opportunities in pre-hospital medicine, but is also an excellent way to engage with the community and contribute to events that make our community more vibrant. We cover a wide variety of events, from races and competitions to art festivals and concerts. If you’re interested in learning more about us, check us out at