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2021 Boston Marathon

For the 125th Boston marathon, four students from the Olin College Amateur Radio Club and Professor Whitney Lohmeyer worked behind-the-scenes to keep vital lines of communication open for Marathon operations.

Individual Responsibilities

On race day, Zach Sherman (Junior) was stationed with a medic and driver of the SAG/sweep bus, which picks up runners who "finish early" and brings them to the finish area. He routinely told net control where the bus was, where it was going, and who we were transporting. Sparsh Bansal (Senior) was the communications assistant to the finish line medic branch director, Tony Hawgood. They were responsible for organizing and supervising > 150 medics across the finish line to ensure adequate medical help was available at all times during the race. They also helped manage the EMS workload by triaging in case of emergency calls on the net. Regan Mah (Junior) was part of the Sweep 1 team, acting as their HAM and giving them updates from other radio calls, relaying any requests from the Sweep leader, as well as being on standby for calling EMS if necessary. Phillip Post (First year) was with the finish line medical commander, Jeff Crosby, operating as his HAM radio communicator. Phillip managed relaying all of Jeff's instructions to the rest of the sweep teams, assuring everyone was in the right position and doing the right job. He had to be everywhere Jeff was to assure that real-time updates could be delivered. Lastly, Whitney Lohmeyer (Faculty) was stationed with the Medical Logistics Director and was in charge of ensuring everyone in the finish area had sufficient equipment - external automatic defibrillators (EAD), emesis bags, gloves, masks and more! 

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Equipment used on the day of the race

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Group Photo