UCSF Children's Hospital Co-Sponsors Stadium-to-Stadium Run

August 02, 2006
News Office: Phyllis Brown (415) 502-6397

On Sunday, Aug. 13, UCSF Children's Hospital will co-sponsor the 5-mile Stadium-to-Stadium Run/Walk, which will travel up 3rd Street from Monster Park (Candlestick) to AT&T Park. Start time is 8:45 a.m.

The event, a partnership with the Mayor's Office to promote health in Bayview-Hunters Point, is hosted by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Supervisor Sophie Maxwell and ultra marathoner Dean Karnazes, and is cosponsored by the hospital, the Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee and a host of other local sponsors.

The entry fee for the run is $25 by pre-registration, and $30 on race day. UCSF team check-in will be held starting at 7 a.m. at the Mission Bay campus surface parking lot. Online registration is available at, http://www.stadiumtostadium.com/raceinfo.htm.

Bayview-Hunters Point is a vibrant community — one of the most diverse in San Francisco, and home to Monster Park and glorious views of the East Bay. It also is home to higher rates of infant mortality than other city neighborhoods, one of the highest rates of asthma, especially among children, and lower rates of exercise and healthy eating.

"Kids in the Bayview-Hunters Point area are much more likely to have asthma, much more likely to be battling obesity, and adults are much more likely to be diabetic, than in other parts of the city," said Fred Blackwell, director of the Mayor's Office of Community Development, which is organizing the event.

Blackwell said an athletic event seemed like the perfect way to raise awareness of health issues in the southeastern sector of the city, especially among the neighborhood's children. “We want to encourage residents, especially kids, to participate in these kinds of activities on an ongoing basis,” he said.

Proceeds from the event will benefit sports, health and educational programs for children — such as Neighborhood Hockey Team, Bayview Youth Health in Action, Freedom Schools and the Southeast Nutrition Project – in San Francisco's southeast neighborhoods.

Education about healthy diet and exercise will be the focus of a booth at the "Keep It Moving" health fair at the conclusion of the race at AT&T Park. The display will focus on the importance of car seat safety, nutrition and proper diet, and developing healthy exercise habits.

"I am really excited that we will spend the day with the Bayview-Hunters Point community to raise awareness about important health issues," said Roxanne Fernandes, executive director of UCSF Children's Hospital. "These families and their children are a part of the UCSF Children's Hospital community, too. We are committed to partnering with them and with the city of San Francisco to improve health in their neighborhood."