most athletic events in continental Europe whether it is a 10K, semi
marathon, marathon, triathlon or bike race, the organizers will want
each participant to have a medical certificate or license. (It must be
a requirement set by the insurance companies.) A medical certificate
is a letter from a doctor on professional stationery stating that you
are in good health and can do the event. Simple enough except some
events only accept a medical certificate that specifically names the
event or other terms like the exact sport, the distance, competition,
etc. Others only accept ones within three months or some other
relatively brief time period. Worse yet, some insist on keeping them
thus can only be used for one event. Because of this, it is not
unheard for individuals to forge or "adjust" certificates which is
probably not the best idea. Without one though, you cannot do the
event which may be extremely annoying especially if you have travelled
Some bigger events do have a doctor available but they aren't cheap and you shouldn't depend on this.
of a medical certificate, you can use a license which is good for the
entire year. (You do need to see a doctor once though.) To obtain a
license, you need to be a member of a biking, running or triathlon club
expaTRI?s. As a member of such a club, you can then purchase a license from the relevant federation.
are good throughout the world except North America. (However, if you
are any good, you can probably get them to accept it there as well
which I have done numerous times.)
Of course, membership in
the club and licenses aren't cheap (180) but if you are doing several
events, it is probably a good idea so you never have to worry about it
again. It is tough enough to do these events who needs one more
hassle. It should be noted that a triathlon license is good for
running, biking and swimming events while a running license is only
good for running events and biking license only good for biking events.
if you are doing several events and thus interested in getting a
license for 2010, email me and I can tell you all about expaTRI?s, an
English speaking triathlon club based in the Paris area. Or, check us
out at expatries-triathlon.com.