UCSF to provide Medical Support for the United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon San Francisco

Race volunteer medical team to support 10,000 runners


SAN FRANCISCO (March 14, 2017) — A volunteer medical team of physicians, registered nurses, athletic trainers and general volunteers will be on hand to support an estimated 10,000 runners for the 2017 San Francisco Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon on March 26.  The race will start in Golden Gate Park — at intersection of John F. Kennedy Drive and 36th Avenue — and finish at the Civic Center Plaza.

More than 80 volunteers — including a cardiologist — will provide services for the fifth annual race, which takes runners on a point-to-point course that starts in Golden Gate Park and finishes at the Civic Center Plaza.

Starting at intersection of John F. Kennedy Drive and 36th Avenue, the USA Track and Field-certified course is considered unique in that offers runners a rare opportunity to make a round-trip run on the deck of the Golden Gate Bridge.  The UCSF medical volunteers will staff eight medical stations along the course, which includes the finish line.

“There is no question, there are many difficult hills along this course,” said Dr. Anthony Luke, MD, a primary care sports medicine specialist at UCSF and organizer of race medical volunteers.  “Our dedicated team is here to support our community runners and their wellness during this challenging race.”

The scenic half marathon — traditionally held on the last Sunday of March — will start at 6:15 a.m.

Starting at the 2-mile mark, located near Los Lobos Creek in the city’s Sea Cliff neighborhood, each aid station will be staffed by both medical and community volunteers, who will also be assisting runners with water, electrolyte replacement beverages, and fruit.

The race is will end around 10:30 a.m. at the Civic Center with a post-race concert headline by San Francisco natives, the Monophonics.

“We feel that anybody who has trained, prepared to run the hills, shouldn’t need a lot of help,” said Dr. Luke, who has volunteered at this race since it started in 2012. “Our objective is simple:   to help every runner get safely from the start to the finish. A big part of this is providing adequate medical care. It’s very important, and it’s one of the reasons for this event’s success every year.”

At the finish chute, medical volunteers will be available for anyone who may need help.

To learn more about the UCSF race medical volunteer team, please send an email to marathon@orthosurg.ucsf.edu.