Did you know that in France and Italy all Runners need a medical release signed by a doctor to run a race?
I decided that I wanted to run a 20K Race in Paris while on a business and pleasure trip there. The race is tomorrow May 27. I tired to register on line but since everything was in French I decided weeks ago I would just sign up at Endurance Sports on Saturday. I had noticed that it did say Runners needed a medical release signed by a doctor. Being an American I thought that only applied to Runners living in France. I had met Julie who worked at the front desk of our hotel in Paris. Luckily she was a runner. She called and was told that yes I needed to get a full exam from a doctor because I am over 50. I would need to go to a hospital since it would have to be a complete physical. In France and Italy you have to present a signed medical statement to run a Race. It did not matter that I have run nearly 1000 races and regularly run 20 or more miles weekly. Julie at the front desk made a few calls and because she does run races she came up with a solution. I am racing 20K through Paris Sunday. I really don’t feel this is a good requirement. I think signing a waiver should be good enough. If Julie was not a runner this would not have happen. This is a heads up to those wishing to race in either France and Italy. But also I think this requirement should be changed.
posted Saturday May 26th
by Bob Anderson