LOS ANGELES, Feb. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on a successful partnership in 2012, the Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California (USC) will once again serve as the official medical team for the 2013 ASICS LA Marathon, which takes place on Sunday, March 17. As part of a multi-year agreement, Keck Medical Center of USC doctors and staff will oversee care and treatment to runners along the course from start to finish.
Keck Medical Center physicians will supervise medical staff and supplies at mobile medical tents at strategic locations along the course, at the finish line, post-finish area and the family reunion area. The USC team will also provide training to the nurses, paramedics, EMTs and athletic training volunteers who will be staffing the marathon on race day.
Glenn T. Ault, M.D., associate dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, will serve as the Medical Commissioner of the 2013 ASICS LA Marathon. In that role, Ault will manage the hundreds of medical personnel along the route and serve as the marathon's medical spokesperson to news media. Last year Dr. Ault was a frequent media spokesman in the days leading up to the race, when the potential for wet weather led race officials to give comprehensive tips to runners for keeping themselves safe and dry regardless of conditions.
"Last year, Dr. Ault and his team at the Keck Medical Center of USC were a tremendous resource for our runners, our staff and our volunteers," said Nick Curl, Chief Operating Officer of LA Marathon LLC. "We are thrilled to have Keck back as one of our world‐class partners, and we look forward to another successful race with outstanding medical care."
USC is a world-renowned private research institution enrolling more international students than any other U.S. university and operating an integrated academic medical center that serves more than a million patients each year.
"The University of Southern California is honored to once again partner with the ASICS LA Marathon, a landmark event of the city," said Tom Jackiewicz, CEO for USC Health. "We are committed to the health and well-being of the Los Angeles community and Keck Medical Center of USC physicians and staff will provide the best first-responder care to marathon participants, as well as any medical supplies that may be needed."
In addition to 10 medical stations on the course, the marathon will also promote a healthy experience for runners by having water stations every mile, and stations with electrolyte fluids located every two miles along the route, beginning at mile three.
ABOUT THE ASICS LA MARATHON
We inspire athletes and connect communities. With thousands of volunteers, tens of thousands of participants, and hundreds of thousands of spectators, the ASICS LA Marathon is one of the largest organized road races in the country. The Stadium to the Sea course, which starts at Dodger Stadium and finishes by the Santa Monica Pier, is considered one of the most scenic in the world. The race has been named Best Big City Race by Runner's World and Best Marathon in the West by Competitor Magazine.
ABOUT THE KECK MEDICAL CENTER OF USC
The Keck Medical Center of USC is one of only two university-owned academic medical centers in the Los Angeles area. It consists of Keck Hospital of USC (formerly USC University Hospital) and USC Norris Cancer Hospital, the private hospitals of the University of Southern California. The two USC-owned hospitals are staffed by more than 500 physicians who are faculty at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
SOURCE LA Marathon LLC