Run for research this Saturday

By: Carolyn Rogers

By Carolyn Rogers

Picture this: Wake before the sun, take a gentle stretch, then slip on your running shoes for an exhilarating early morning run. Along the way, bond with like-minded peers, take in spectacular sunrise views of the San Francisco Bay, and raise funds for orthopaedic research.

The AAOS 2008 Sunrise 5K begins near AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.

What better way to wrap up your Annual Meeting?

If this sounds like fun to you, be sure to sign up for the AAOS 2008 Sunrise 5K (3.1 miles) Run this Saturday, March 8. Only 500 participants will be accepted in the race, so register early if you want to be guaranteed a place on the starting line. The cost is $25, and all of the proceeds go to support the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation.

The 5K Run booth will be open today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Thursday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Moscone Center West, Level 1. Preregistered runners should also stop by the booth to pick up a race number and a commemorative T-shirt.

Race day
On Saturday morning, runners begin gathering near AT&T Park—home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team—at 2nd Street and King Street. (The exact starting location of the race will be provided at the 5K Run booth.) Announcements and a quick warm-up are scheduled for 5:45 a.m., with a prompt race start at 6 a.m. sharp.

The fast and flat course heads out along China Basin and the McCovey Cove area, across the new University of California San Francisco Medical School campus, north along the shore of the San Francisco Bay, and back around AT&T Park to the finish line at the gorgeous San Francisco Yacht Harbor on the Embarcadero. Water stops will be available at strategic points along the race course

At race end, refreshments will be provided and medals will be awarded to runners in various age and gender categories.

The Sunrise 5K Run, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceutical Inc., promises the opportunity to feel good, see a beautiful city, and raise money for research. Why not sign up today?