Running mania and World Cup fever come to the fore at RSNA

By Philip Ward, staff writer

November 30, 2022 -- Sports-minded RSNA attendees had a bonanza on day 3 of the congress. A 5k fun run took place in the morning, and then four World Cup soccer games were broadcast live in a dedicated space in McCormick Place.

Early on a brisk Tuesday morning in Chicago, a total of 441 runners (out of the anticipated 31,000 in-person congress attendees) completed the RSNA 5k fun run. The event was definitely one for early birds, starting at 6.30 a.m. in Arvey Field, South Grant Park.

Advance registration for the event cost $40 per runner, while the onsite entry fee was $50. "The funds will help improve patient care by supporting research and education in radiology through grants and awards to individuals and institutions that advance radiologic research, education, and practice," noted a report in Wednesday's RSNA Daily Bulletin.

Top finishers in the womens division
Top finishers in the women's division were (left to right) Graciela Garrido (silver), Guggenberger Konstanze (gold), and Emily Ambinder (bronze). Courtesy of RSNA Daily Bulletin.
mens division winners
In the men's division, the medals went to (left to right) Erik Fredenberg (bronze), Francesco Mungai (gold), and Romain Labas (silver). Courtesy of RSNA Daily Bulletin.

Any runners who were feeling weary after their exertions could put their feet up and watch live action from the soccer World Cup.

The host country, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, is nine hours ahead of Chicago, so most of the matches are being played during the working day in the U.S. This prompted the congress organizers to set aside an area for attendees to watch the action on a big screen.

RSNA delegates take a break between sessions to enjoy some action from the World Cup in Qatar, UAE.

In Tuesday's fixtures, Senegal beat Ecuador 2-1, Netherlands beat Qatar 2-0, USA beat Iran 1-0, and England beat Wales 3-0. Netherlands will meet the U.S. on Saturday in the last 16/knockout phase of the tournament, and Senegal will face England on Sunday.

The World Cup final takes place on Sunday, 18 December at 3 p.m. local time.

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