'No running without doc's letter' race rule sparks debate

PHOTO: 'No running without doc's letter' race rule sparks debate

SINGAPORE - The organisers of the event Run350 are demanding participants with existing medical conditions get a doctor to certify that they are medically fit to run before they be allowed to enter the event.

Participants reported that they could not proceed with their online registration if they answered 'yes' to any of the seven questions asked about their medical history.

The site will ask for a doctor's letter, to be verified by the event's organiser, pinkapple, reported The Straits Times.

Some regular runners are complaining that it's an unnecessary over-reaction to past incidences of runners who died during races here, and that it is discriminating against runners under medical supervision for chronic conditions.

Others expressed concern that it might encourage people to make false declarations on their health condition while registering, as it is a hassle and costly to produce medical certification.

Only one runner has submitted a letter for this year's run, and last year's run - which was the first time the organisers implemented the rule - produced zero letters.

Furthermore, it is not possible for a doctor to certify a person 100 per cent free of risks for a run, opinioned Dr Low Wye Mun, head of the Sports Medical Clinic at Pacific Healthcare Specialist Centre.

However, the organisers said they choose to believe runners are telling the truth and questioned why people would lie about their health.

They also said there is no intention to discriminate against anyone.

Most events require participants to provide their medical history and them to sign a form protecting the organisers should there be medical emergencies. Other race organisers say they are unlikely to follow Run350's lead.