Marathon Medical Director: Looking Back & Looking Ahead

by Dr. Mark Westfall
December 14, 2016

As the year ends . . .

 I hope that this year has been good to you.  When I look back over the year I know that I was fortunate to participate in and complete several events. At the top of my list includes completing Madison's Ironman and leading the medical team for the Community First Fox Cities Marathon. I hope your list of high points for 2016 included the Fox Cities Marathon as well.

But enough of the past. What does next year hold for you? Have you fully recovered from the half or full marathon? If not, I strongly encourage you to seek medical care from your healthcare provider or a specialist at the Orthopedic & Sports Institute. 

If you’re feeling well, have you been able to continue with training? I always find that looking forward at the calendar and planning to sign-up for an event or two helps me to stay motivated and get excited about the next year and those events. I want to encourage you to keep the 2017 Fox Cities Marathon on September 24 in mind and on your calendar.  

I also find winter time can be a good time to focus on strength, flexibility and crossover training. During the winter and into early spring I like to participate in Yoga, Pilates and Spinning classes as often as possible. 

Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

Run Safe and Enjoy . . . Mark

Dr. Westfall is an avid runner and triathlete. He has completed over 30 half marathons, 8 marathons (including Chicago, the Marine Corps, and Disney World), 5 Half Ironman events, and numerous sprint triathlons. In 2016 he completed the Ironman Madison event. Dr. Westfall has had the pleasure of volunteering at numerous marathon medical venues, including Boston and Chicago. He is also routinely outrun by his wife. 

Dr. Westfall actively collaborates with recognized experts to explore event safety, traveling across the country to view firsthand the latest approaches utilized in world-class marathons in order to bring those strategies back to the Valley to make our event as safe as it can be for all participants.