Many people across the world use running as an escape. It’s an outlet from the daily stress that life brings along.
For former Richmond track & field and cross country standout Randy Myers, that stress is a bit higher than average person.
Myers is in his fifth year as an emergency room doctor at Fairfax Hospital and has literally seen the world thanks to his profession. The former Spider has spent time in Chicago, New Mexico, Washington D.C. and the Democratic Republic of Congo in his 12-plus years since graduating with his medical degree.
“Running is definitely an opportunity to take a deep breath from the day-to-day chaos that can come along with the job,” Myers said. “After being in the field for a while, I’ve gotten used to the hectic day-to-day schedule, but running is really a chance for me to clear my head. It’s been really important to my daily life.”
Myers was a four-year standout for the Spiders, graduating in 1998 with a degree in biology before heading to the University of Virginia for his medical degree. He finds himself using the teamwork that he learned on the track and on the course on a daily basis.
“Track and cross country are sports that have an individual focus, but the team is in important element and that’s exactly how we operate in the emergency room,” Myers said. “We need to work as a team to make sure we are all doing our job in order to help our patients as efficiently as possible.”
Myers even referenced a race during his senior year that he can still remember vividly to this day.
“We were running the 4×800 at Navy and gathered my teammates and told them exactly what everyone needed to do and the time they needed to run in order for us to win. I guess I had enough conviction in my voice because we ended up winning the event,” Myers said. “That’s how it can be in the ER for me. I need to make sure that each member of our team knows exactly what we need to do and how we need to get it done.”
Ever since he was a kid growing up, being a doctor had always been in the forefront of Myers’ mind. His younger brother battled Spina Bifida and growing up in that environment built Myers’ passion to serve people.
In the past year, Myers has seen his passion for running blend with his passion for helping others with several out of hospital emergency situations that he has found himself in the middle of.
His first occurrence came when Myers had come back to his townhouse in Northern Virginia after a long run to find his neighbor and their one and half year old had fallen out of the window and needed medical assistance.
Several months later, Myers was on another run when he came along a large tree, which had fallen on a car, who’s driver was still in the car. Myers teamed up with other locals to lift the tree and help the driver until medical teams arrived. (Read more on that story)
And then just last month, Myers crossed the finish line at the Bird-in-Hand Half Marathon in Lancaster County, Pa. when the medical staff on site pulled him aside to ask if he could help in the medical tent due to the excessive heat that the runners were dealing with. (Read more on that story)
“I guess some people could say I have a bit of a black cloud over me, but I’m just glad I could provide some sort of assistance in all of those situations,” Myers said. “I love my job and I love being able to help people, it’s always been a passion of mine, as has running.”