NEWS | December 4, 2018

Medical volunteers complete a successful California International Marathon


More than 100 UC Davis faculty, staff and students volunteered to be part of the medical team at the 36th annual California International Marathon (CIM) on Sunday.

CIM volunteers
UC Davis medical volunteers with Toby Marsh, David Lubarsky, Brad Simmons and Gary May.

Volunteers were stationed on course from Folsom to downtown Sacramento and at the finish line medical tent, which was divided into acute care and musculoskeletal teams, headed by Katren Tyler, clinical professor in Emergency Medicine, and Brandee Waite, associate clinical professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Brian Davis, clinical professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, helped direct medical volunteers on-course and provided overall medical support at the race. 

“It is an honor to provide the medical care for ill athletes at the end of the California International Marathon. Athletes come into the tent looking really unwell and close to losing consciousness, and it is incredibly rewarding to resuscitate these athletes with simple positioning, oral rehydration and rewarming techniques. Within minutes, most are back on their feet and celebrating their accomplishments," said Tyler.

More than 10,000 runners and relay teams participated in the CIM this year. More than an additional 2,000 runners participated in the UC Davis Children’s Hospital MaraFUNrun and the Capitol 5K race, which were held on Saturday.

UC Davis Chancellor Gary May, David Lubarsky, vice chancellor of human health sciences and chief executive officer of UC Davis Health, held the finish line tape when the men's marathon winner, Brogan Austin of West Des Moines, Iowa, crossed the finish line. 

Brad Simmons, interim chief executive officer of UC Davis Medical Center and Toby Marsh, chief nursing and patient care services officer at UC Davis Medical Center, held the finish line tape when the women's marathon winner, Emma Bates of Boise, Idaho, crossed the finish line. 

“We are so proud of the level of care that our volunteers were able to provide to every runner who needed assistance. It was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the stellar care that we provide every day," said Lubarsky.

UC Davis Children’s Hospital is a proud race sponsor and the chief beneficiary of the CIM and the Sacramento Running Association, which hosts the event each year.