The 13th year of Mumbai Marathon will go down in history as being the first-ever edition when no runner was hospitalised.
Of the 4,000 people who complained of muscle cramps, dehydration and pain, 18 were rushed to the hospital and treated as outpatients.
Bangalore-based Amitava Sen, 45, was rushed to GT Hospital, Dhobi Talao, after he collapsed. “He has very low sodium levels; he was kept in the casualty for observation,” said a Dr Ahmed Shaikh from GT Hospital.
According to the medical superintendent of the hospital, Dr DR Kulkarni, the runners complained of low sugar levels. “They were treated and sent home in few hours,” he said.
Dr Vijay D’Silva, medical director and director of critical care, Asian Heart Institute, Bandra, added, “The marathon started early and the cold weather made it easier for runners and reduced the cases of dehydration.”
Last year, 14 runners had to be admitted, but, this year, doctors said the runners were fitter.
“The organisers had qualifying guidelines so people not fit enough to run the Full or Half Marathon got filtered out. In the first year, we treated a woman who suffered a heart attack and she had participated against her doctor’s advice. People have become more aware now,” said Dr Vijay D’Silva, medical director and director of critical care, Asian Heart Institute.
“Last year, we treated patients with cardiac conditions. This year, we had a few patients who were brought to the hospital with dehydration and did not need hospitalisation,” said Dr BK Goel, senior cardiologist, Bombay Hospital.
Dr PS Ramani, 78, who has never missed the marathon, completed the Half Marathon. “I completed the run in two hours and 42 minutes,” he said.