Run Safe Message From Your SFM Medical Team

Anthony Luke, SFM Medical Director

Injuries happen at all marathons.  To help avoid injuries, plan your pace early on and stick with it, remember your fluid and nutritional needs, and  listen to your body.

We will have medical care at all the water stations and large finish line medical tents at the half, full finish and the festivities area. We have a great team of medical staff ready to take care of you at the race, led by the University of California, San Francisco Sports Medicine.

In an effort  to keep you safe, the San Francisco Marathon has partnered with SPORTZPEAK’s iRunSafe to help our medical team keep you safe on race day. RunSafe offers a FREE service that allows you to share your important medical information with our medical race staff on a “need to know” basis on the the day of the race only. Getting the right information can save your life in an emergency even if the team knows learns you have no previous problems, allergies or medications.

To help us give YOU the best care, please sign up on to securely store information in your own personal profile. This takes only 5 minutes. The information you share will be available to our official medical care providers during the hours of the race and will also be available for future races that use the RunSafe service.

As the Medical Director of the SF Marathon, I encourage you to take advantage of this new race service that is being piloted at this year’s 35th annual race. Runners who sign up early by will be eligible for a RunSafe assessment at UCSF (MRSP $400), and all signups will be eligible to win an Apple iPad (winner will be notified by July 31, 2012).

You can learn more about the service by watching the recent coverage on CBS 5 or reading about it the San Francisco Chronicle. If you have any questions, please visit for more information or contact

I look forward to helping all the runners have a great safe race!

Dr. Anthony Luke
Medical Director, SF Marathon

Dr. Luke is the Founder of the RunSafe program. He is a Clinical Professor of Orthopaedics, Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine, and Director of the Human Performance Center at the University of California, San Francisco. He completed family practice training in Toronto as well as a sports medicine fellowship at Harvard at the Children’s Hospital of Boston. He is extremely active in sports medicine including experience as a team physician at Cal Berkeley, at the Vancouver Olympics, and event coverage locally in the Bay Area in various sports. He is the Medical Director for the San Francisco Marathon and Co-Medical Director for the San Jose Rock N Roll 1/2 Marathon for several years running. His research interests include running medicine and injury prevention in athletes.

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