It is the goal of the IIRM to become that source of information.
You will also notice that we have taken impressive steps to widen our reach within the international medical community, including awarding grants for complimentary one-year IIRM memberships to qualifying events worldwide.
The IIRM Executive Board is working hard to ensure a smooth transition as we begin to take responsibility of the AMAA membership and your needs over the next few months.
To help with this transition and to give you some continuity, we will be adding AMAA President Cathy Fieseler, MD, to the IIRM Executive Board and AMAA Programs Director and Membership Coordinator Barbara Baldwin, MPH, will become the IIRM Executive Assistant and Membership Director.
I told Dave that IIRM will continue supporting his mission; I cannot think of a better way to honor Dave's efforts and achievements.
I hope you will take the time to review the outline on page 6 of this journal showing IIRM developments and future plans, as well as our website (www.racemedicine.org).
* Comprehensive 92-page medical manual developed by experts from the IIRM and Loughborough University
The IIRM will also continue to offer sports medicine symposiums, including the Marine Corps Marathon meeting to be held on October 20 and 21 in conjunction with MedStar Sports Medicine.
The IIRM and AMAA have a lot in common--ensuring the safety of participants in races, promoting health and wellness through exercise, and improving athletic performance with state-of-the-art information.
To give you a brief history of the IIRM, it was originally founded under the American Running Association (2003) as the American Road Race Medical Society by Twin Cities Marathon Medical Director and AMAA Life Member Bill Roberts, MD (profiled in this issue of the AMAA Journal).
The IIRM has various membership categories, including multiple event, single event, individual and even one offered through an MGF grant.