USC Keck Medicine Chair of Emergency Medicine will be Pasadena Half Marathon and 5K Race Medical Director

Published : Friday, November 16, 2018 | 7:32 AM

Carl R. Chudnofsky, MD, Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine

The University of Southern California’s Keck Medicine will be providing runner support for the annual Pasadena Half Marathon and 5K race at the Rose Bowl on January 20, 2019, marathon organizer Conqur Endurance Group announced Thursday.

The announcement said Dr. Carl Chudnofsky, Chair and Professor of Emergency Medicine at the university’s world-renowned academic medical center, will be acting as race Medical Director.

As the official health care provider of the 2019 Pasadena Half Marathon and 5K, Keck Medicine will provide race day medical expertise to runners, which includes five medical aid stations along the course led by volunteer physicians, nurses, and staff.

“We are very excited to collaborate with Keck Medicine of USC at the Pasadena Half Marathon and 5K at the Rose Bowl,” Steve Powell, Chief Commercial Officer of Conqur Endurance Group, said. “Last year’s race drew over 10,000 runners and we expect to surpass that field number in 2019. It is always our goal to provide our runners with top-notch medical expertise. Partnering with Dr. Chudnofsky and Keck Medicine’s team of physicians and physical therapists provides us the confidence that our runners are receiving the highest level of care in the nation.”

Keck Medicine’s support for the annual event includes an exclusive medical Q&A series via Facebook chat and live events starting on December 5, the announcement added. In the series, Keck Medicine will provide runners the opportunity to interact with Keck Medicine physicians and gain information about injury-prevention, race day success, and recovery tips for both experienced and new distance runners.

“On behalf of all of the doctors and nurses at Keck Medicine of USC, we are excited to offer our medical expertise to support the athletes training for and participating in this race,” Chudnofsky said. “We hope the available resources of an academic medical center can help these runners reach their potential on race day.”

The partnership will also enhance the company’s commitment to provide runners with a high-quality running experience and to promote an active and healthy lifestyle, the statement said.

The first Facebook live chat, scheduled for December 5 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., will be led by Dr. Eric Tan, Assistant Professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Keck School of Medicine, and will focus on injury prevention. Viewers can participate in the Q&A Series and send in their questions through the Rose Bowl Facebook page.

Registration is now open for the Pasadena Half Marathon and 5K, which serves as an opportunity for runners of all levels to kick-off their 2019 resolutions to lead a healthier lifestyle.

For additional information and updates, visit the Pasadena Half Marathon website, www.pasadenahalf.com, or follow updates at the Rose Bowl’s Facebook page.

To learn more about Keck Medicine, visit www.keckmedicine.org.

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