Runners Hit the Streets of San Francisco for Marathon

July 17, 2007
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Runners will tackle the hills and possibly the fog for the San Francisco Marathon this summer while UCSF serves as the race's official medical team. The UCSF Sports Medicine Center along with other UCSF departments will lend their expertise to thousands of marathoners and half-marathoners participating in the race on Sunday, July 29.

UCSF Sports Medicine organized medical care for the San Francisco Marathon in 2004 and 2005 and the Nike Women's Marathon for the last three years. The medical team of over 80 volunteers includes orthopedic doctors, athletic trainers, physical therapists, podiatrists, nurses, family practice and orthopedic residents, medical students and even department administrators, volunteered at the race. Most volunteers will be up at sunrise to set up the medical tents that line the grueling 26.2-mile route.

UCSF employees will work at each station on race day where they will treat typical long distance running injuries such as knee pain, shin splints, muscle pulls, blisters and dehydration. The staff cares for patients along the race route but also sees lots of tired and banged up feet and legs by the end of the race.

"Working the marathon is a rush," says UCSF sports medicine specialist Dr. Anthony Luke. "There are thousands of runners with cheering fans along the way. Helping at the marathon is a great way to help these runners achieve their goals. Marathon training takes several months and a big commitment. Volunteers on the medical team can play an important part in making the runners' marathon experience a safe and happy one."

For this year's marathon, UCSF Sports Medicine would like to round up 130 race-day volunteers. For more information about the SF Marathon medical team, visit: http://orthosurg.ucsf.edu/sports/volunteer/. For more information about the race, visit www.runsfm.com/home.html. For information about sports medicine, visit www.ucsfhealth.org/sportsmedicine and click on "marathons" for training tips.