Health Hub for Runners

Expertise for all runners

UW Medicine is proud to be the title sponsor of the Seattle Marathon.

Our sports medicine experts understand runners and the injuries they can encounter — and in fact, many of them are runners themselves. So, whether you’re training for a marathon or new to the running game, our team can help you every step of the way.

Our experts offer a variety of treatments and services.

About our sports medicine team.

Our sports medicine team includes doctors of different disciplines, all working together to keep our patients healthy and active. Our doctors who specialize in running and sports medicine help patients in the clinic, and also serve as team physicians for elite athletes from the Washington Huskies, Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders.

Meet our featured running medicine experts


Mark Harrast, MD

Dr. Harrast specializes in sports-related injuries in endurance athletes, runners and triathletes. An accomplished endurance athlete himself, he trains for and competes in triathlons and marathons.


Mia Hagen, MD

Dr. Hagen is an orthopedic surgeon skilled in treating athletic injuries with minimally-invasive surgery. She has a particular interest in helping young athletes with hip injuries.


Brian Krabak, MD

Dr. Krabak focuses on a collaborative team approach to patient care and has worked with athletes of all levels, from novice to Olympians. He has competed in various endurance events including bike races, marathons and triathlons.

Runner’s Health and Wellness Tips

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What Are Hip Flexors and Why Do They Hurt?

You could have a strain, though hip pain often has causes other than hip flexors.


What Is a Runner’s High?

A runner’s high is the feeling of euphoria or relaxation during aerobic exercise that’s caused by the release of chemicals in your body.


The Difference Between Sprains and Strains

Mild sprains and strains can be treated at home, but you should see a doctor for more severe injuries.


What Runners Need to Know About the Immune System

Is it OK to run when you’re sick?


How to Manage a Pesky Hamstring Injury

Dealing with a common injury for pavement pounders.


Stop Muscle Cramps From Interrupting Your Run

Simple tips to keep muscle cramps in check.


Demystifying the Pre-Race Meal: 4 Tips for Fueling

Breaking down what you should eat before a big race.


Simple Ways to Help Runner’s Knee

Finding relief from knee pain and making your miles again.


All Your Questions Answered About Hydrating on Race Day

Hydration is the foundation of a great race.

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