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Comment Based on this sample, an estimated 3 % of all entrants were sufficiently incapacitated by a training injury to prevent them from running, and an estimated 59% of all runners suffered some ill effects. These were severe enough to warrant medical care in only a trivial proportion of cases, however, and had little effect on working or social life. The race organisers advised entrants on how to prepare for the race. The small numbers of casualties occurring during the race (see ourdoi:10.1136/bmj.285.6353.1466 fatcat:oqkeyvozgvdnraurlzdd2b7k3a