When the gun goes off at the 2015 Boston Marathon on Monday, it will be Chris Troyanos’ 39th year as medical coordinator for one of the world’s most famous footraces. But after almost four decades, the seriously massive scale of the medical operations—10 hospitals, 15 portable blood analyses systems, 28 tents, 300 beds, 300 pounds of ice, 700 IVs, 1,600 volunteers, and more than 30,000 runners—doesn’t faze him.
In Troyanos’ role as medical coordinator for the Boston Athletic Association (BAA), the certified athletic trainer and sports medicine consultant is behind almost every medical detail of the city’s most prominent races, from 5Ks to 10Ks to the marathon. From managing the aftermath of the 2013 bombing to saving the life of a runner in cardiac arrest, Troyanos has seen more race-day drama than most runners or medics ever will.
On the second anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, Troyanos can still vividly remember most of the details of that day. When the bombs exploded at the finish line, his medical team was literally already on the scene. “What happened wasn’t exotic,” Troyanos says. “We did basic first aid on about 97 people. We stopped bleeding. We got them to the hospital.”