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UPMC Sports Medicine to Host Annual Athletic Trainer River Run March 7

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 18, 2010 – Local runners are invited to the seventh annual Athletic Trainer River Run on Sunday, March 7 at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex. Hosted by UPMC Sports Medicine in celebration of the certified athletic training profession, the event will benefit the scholarship fund of the Southwest Region of the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society (PATS). The River Run includes a 5K race and one-mile challenge.

Race-day registration will start at 8 a.m. in the indoor training field at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex, 3300 Water St., South Side, where free parking is available. The 5K race will begin at 9:45 a.m., followed by the one-mile challenge at 11:45 a.m. Awards ceremonies will take place after each race, and a silent auction and a raffle will take place throughout the event.

“We’re excited at how much interest the River Run has generated over the years,” said Guy Sanchioli, a certified athletic trainer at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine and part of the Athletic Trainer River Run planning committee. “It is a great way to publicize the athletic training profession and contribute to its future through the scholarship fund.”

For those who register before 8 p.m., Friday, March 5, participation in the 5K is $20, the one-mile challenge cost is $14, and the fee for both races is $25. Same-day registration will cost $22 for the 5K, $17 for the one-mile challenge and $28 for both. To register, visit www.signmeup.com/ATRiverRun or call UPMC Sports Medicine at (412) 432-3770 to receive a paper registration form or more information.

Each registrant will receive a T-shirt and raffle ticket for a chance to win logo items and apparel from local sports teams. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased at the race for $2 each. Plaques will be awarded to the overall top three male and female finishers, and age group awards also will be presented.

Certified athletic trainers are medical professionals who are specially trained in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of all types of injury and illness that may occur to athletes or physically active people. The Athletic Trainer River Run is organized by certified athletic training staff and students from UPMC Sports Medicine, the Pittsburgh Steelers, University of Pittsburgh, California University of Pennsylvania, Duquesne University, Waynesburg University and several local high schools.

About the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine

The UPMC Center for Sports Medicine, located within the UPMC Sports Performance Complex on Pittsburgh’s South Side, employs the region’s largest staff of certified athletic trainers, specialized physical therapists, orthopaedic surgeons and physicians as well as leading clinical and research specialists in sports concussion management, nutrition, mental training, injury prevention, performance training and aging athletes. The center’s orthopaedists are part of the UPMC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, currently ranked ninth in the nation by peers in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals annual survey. The comprehensive staff tends to the daily sports medicine needs of athletes at 44 local high schools, seven local colleges, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Penguins, as well as professional dancers in the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and several other athletic organizations. The center’s staff also treats many recreational and amateur athletes as well as non-athletes who have injuries or conditions related to physical activity.

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