In total, 18 members of the agency will be on hand, five teams on bicycles and another two teams will be on ATV's to get there quickly and monitor runners who seem to be struggling.
"We can look for that runner as they come up. We maybe don't have to interact with them, but we can follow them, monitor them and at least relay the information that "Hey at mile 8 they doing well," said Captain Clayton Goddard.
Those responders on bikes can monitor individuals as they make their way through the 26 or so miles, looking out for signs of exhaustion, dehydration, and other health conditions. Armed with saddle bags strapped to the bicycles stocked with bandages, AED's, oxygen tanks and other supplies, an EMT and medic make up the team to respond to any situation quickly.
The MEMS team is also in contact with the race staff, so if a runner does have to be transported to the hospital, the runner's family can be notified of where they've been taken and why.
On-lookers who notice a runner struggling can also help MEMS by calling 911. Those calls about marathon participants can be filtered out to the teams on the ground.
MEMS has actually worked with the Little Rock marathon since its beginning 10 years ago.