Ascension Seton Renews Medical Sponsorship of Austin Marathon

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Since 2002, the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon Presented by Freescale is one way we practice personal care in our community. Ascension Seton’s support of the Austin Marathon includes tending to the needs of body, mind and spirit – before, during and after the race. Ascension Seton recently renewed its medical sponsorship for an additional three years. The Austin Marathon and Half Marathon, along with the Paramount 5K, will occur this Sunday at 7 a.m.

With the increase in runner participation, Ascension Seton has become integral in the extensive planning and course logistics to ensure the safety of all participants. Ascension Seton is now the longest continuous sponsor of the race. “For the past 13 years, Ascension Seton has been a vital partner to the race. With over 15,000 participants, Ascension Seton fills a critical role in making sure our runners are safe,” said Austin Marathon race director John Conley. “We are uniquely fortunate to have Ascension Seton on our team and our runners can have confidence that they will be well cared for by experienced professionals keeping them safe.”

“We are proud to continue to partner with Conley sports in supporting the Austin Marathon with medical care for their participants,” said Shirley Borgmann, RN, BSN, CCEMP-t, emergency department special events manager. “We will be working closely with ATCEMS to address any needed medical issues that may arise and are looking forward to another successful event.”

Leading up to the race, Ascension Seton supports healthy eating and training habits, and steps to achieve a successful recovery. Dr. Pierre Filardi, Austin Marathon and Half Marathon Medical Director, spoke to the Austin community on Ascension Seton HealthLine (KLBJ NewsRadio 590AM/99.7FM) last Sunday, Feb. 8. Dr. Filardi said, “The real kicker is the weather conditions that determine our patient flow. As many as 40 percent of all dedicated runners will experience one of the common injuries.”

Statistics from previous years indicate the better the weather (above freezing and below 75 degrees) the fewer runners that will need medical attention. The weather forecast for race day is 46 degrees at the start of the race, with the temperature climbing to 70 degrees in the afternoon and partly sunny.

On race day, Ascension Seton provides more than 300 medical personnel throughout the marathon course, constructs a “temporary hospital” in downtown Austin and treats on average more than 100 patients. Besides the medical tent, Ascension Seton staffs the 19 aid stations throughout the course and provides minor medical assistance at each station. Ascension Seton also has staff stationed in the critical last mile and finish line areas of the race, where response time plays a pivotal role in saving lives and preventing severe injuries.

New additions to Ascension Seton’s participation this year:

  • Ascension Seton Cove will host a free pre-race meditation session on February 12.
  • A Personal Care Comfort Zone will provide sunscreen, bandaids, lip balms and other race day comforts before and after the race.
  • Ascension Seton Cheering Zones, staffed by Ascension Seton associate volunteers, who will provide extra encouragement to runners, located near Aid Stations #5 and #17.
  • Ascension Seton HealthLine (KLBJ NewsRadio 590AM/99.7FM) with Dr. Peter Filardi, Austin Marathon and Half Marathon Medical Director and Dr. Esther Yaniv, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Ascension Seton Brain & Spine Institute. Aired Sunday at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 8.
  • Marathon Marketplace & Packet Pick-Up, Friday, February 13 – Saturday, February 14. Palmer Events Center – $7 parking fee. Ascension Seton will have a booth giving away a free Runners Kit with race day essentials, as well as a variety of educational materials. During select intervals, Ascension Seton Cove massage therapists be offering free 10-minute foot massages.
  • Marketplace Speaker: 1:00 p.m., Dr. Jennifer Ayres – “Managing our Anxiety for Peak Performance.”
  • Ascension Seton Personal Care cast will make an appearance, located near the Marketplace stage.

Austin Marathon Trivia

Runners at the 2015 Austin Marathon and Half Marathon are expected to use:

  • 40,000 gallons of water and Gatorade
  • 30 pounds of petroleum jelly
  • 325 portable toilets
  • 2,000 tongue depressors
  • 1,500 rolls of toilet paper
  • 10 cartons of acetaminophen

ABOUT FREESCALE

Freescale is once again the Presenting Sponsor of the 2015 Austin Marathon and Half Marathon. Previously a division of Motorola, Freescale helped create the annual race in 1991, produced the first race in 1992 and continued as the title sponsor through 2006.

ABOUT CONLEY SPORTS

Conley Sports Productions, LLC produces several of the highest quality events in Texas including its premier event, the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon. Conley Sports has over 15 years of event management and production experience.