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Amy Dugas Rose
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UPMC Media Relations 

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UPMC Sports Medicine to Host First Free Training Seminar for 2011 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon

WHAT: “Getting Started,” the first of four free training seminars for participants in the 2011 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, hosted by UPMC Sports Medicine

WHO: Speakers will include Patrice Matamoros, race director of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon; Leslie Bonci, R.D., director of sports nutrition at UPMC Sports Medicine; Vonda Wright, M.D.; and Aimee Kimball, Ph.D., director of mental training at UPMC Sports Medicine

WHEN: 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011

WHERE: LHAS Auditorium, UPMC Montefiore, 3459 Fifth Ave., Oakland

WHY: Runners getting ready for the marathon will learn basic information and exclusive training tips.

Specific topics will include:

  • A welcome message from Ms. Matamoros
  • “Eating 101: A primer on fueling for a marathon,” presented by Ms. Bonci
  • "Cross training and injury prevention,” presented by Dr. Wright
  • “Developing a Mental Map,” presented by Dr. Kimball

Remaining seminars will take place on Feb. 19 and March 12 at UPMC Montefiore’s LHAS Auditorium and on May 14 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Visit for tips on marathon training, preparation and recovery. For additional training tips and other information about UPMC Sports Medicine’s involvement in the Pittsburgh Marathon, as well as updates from the medical tent on race day, follow @UPMCSportsMed on Twitter.

As medical sponsor of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, UPMC Sports Medicine will provide free training seminars for marathon participants, as well as medical support along the race course and at the start and finish lines. With UPMC’s Department of Emergency Medicine, UPMC Sports Medicine will assemble a team of medical volunteers from UPMC, other local hospitals, the City of Pittsburgh’s Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and other local EMS departments to provide medical care to the thousands of runners on race day. UPMC Sports Medicine is the official medical provider for the event, as it has been since the first Pittsburgh Marathon in 1985.

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