Keck Medical Center to provide services for LA Marathon
Building on a successful partnership in 2012, the Keck Medical Center of USC will once again serve as the official medical team for this year’s Asics LA Marathon, which will take place on March 17.
As part of a multiyear agreement, Keck Medical Center 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 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, emergency medical technicians and athletic training volunteers who will staff the marathon on race day.
Glenn Ault, associate dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, will serve as medical commissioner of the marathon. He will manage the hundreds of medical personnel along the route and serve as the medical spokesperson to news media. Last year, Ault was a frequent media spokesman in the days leading up to the race, when the potential for wet weather led 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.”
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, as well as stations with electrolyte fluids located every two miles along the route, beginning at mile three.
“The University of Southern California is honored to once again partner with the LA Marathon, a landmark event of the city,” said Thomas 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.”