Team Transplant: Our Story

​​​​ UWMC Team Transplant is a comprehensive training/exercise program begun in 2001 as a way to promote fitness for our transplant patients while simultaneously championing organ donation awareness. It has grown into an exceptionally successful and popular program for our transplant recipients, their friends and family, and UWMC employees who train together for marathon events, including the Seattle Half Marathon in November and the Seattle Rock’n Roll Half Marathon in June. Equally important, it functions as a support network for transplant patients to return to a normal life within a community of friends.

The training program is typically 16 weeks long, allowing ample time for participants to build up to the half marathon distance. Participants are instructed that they must be able to walk three miles prior to joining the team and are given a training schedule at the beginning of the season based on their current level of fitness. The schedules provide recommendations for workout mileages throughout the week. Group practices are held on Saturday mornings at 8:00 a.m. and are rotated through a variety of locations in the Seattle area including Leschi Park, Alki Beach, Discovery Park, Gasworks Park, Green Lake, and the Sammamish River Trail . The mileage of these longer Saturday morning workouts gradually increases over the course of the 16-week period. By following the schedule, all participants will have completed two to three workouts of 10-12 miles prior to race day.

Prior to participation, team members are required to complete a registration form, which includes a liability waiver, and transplant recipients must also turn in a signed physician release form. All forms must be updated and resubmitted annually.

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