The Giant Race Series today announced Blueprint for Athletes by Quest Diagnostics as the official Presenting Sponsor of the San Francisco Giant Race, benefiting Project Open Hand. Blueprint for Athletes by Quest Diagnostics - the world's leading provider of diagnostic information services - becomes the event's official Presenting Sponsor for the next three years through 2017.
The sixth-annual San Francisco Giant Race takes place this Sunday, August 23 beginning at 7:00 a.m. To register, visit www.giantrace.com. Featuring a half-marathon, 10K, 5K, Kids Race, and Family Relay, the Giant Race Presented by Blueprint for Athletes will start at AT&T Park and travel along the Embarcadero waterfront with the half marathon continuing through PIER 39, Fort Mason and Crissy Field. All courses will finish on the field at AT&T Park.
"At the crux of our mission, the San Francisco Giants are dedicated to enriching our community through innovation and excellence on and off the field," said Stephen Revetria, senior vice president of Giants Enterprises. "Quest Diagnostics shares this same commitment, making them an ideal partner for the Giant Race."
Through its Sports and Human Performance Diagnostics clinical franchise business, Quest Diagnostics spearheads services based on medical-grade lab testing to help professional and amateur athletes improve their performance. Blueprint for Athletes is a suite of customized test panels that evaluate blood-based health markers in order to provide athletes with powerful information about their body's limitations and how to overcome them to improve athletic performance.
Quest Diagnostics is currently piloting Blueprint for Athletes at athletic performance events in select regions, including the San Francisco Bay Area, and expects to make the service available nationally by early 2016.
"Blueprint for Athletes is all about enabling athletes to gain the diagnostic insights to help achieve advanced levels of performance," said Richard Schwabacher, MPH, Executive Director, Quest Diagnostics Sports and Human Performance. "Whether you are running in your first 5K or attempting a personal record in the half marathon, Blueprint for Athletes is a valuable and innovative tool that not only helps athletes perform at a higher level, but also gain deeper insights into one's overall health and wellness and understanding of the inter-workings of an athlete's body."
Blueprint for Athletes incorporates the latest science and input from professional and amateur athletes in football, basketball, cycling and running, among other sports. The service evolved from a collaboration formed between Quest Diagnostics and the New York Giants in 2013.
Interested athletes can sign up for more information at www.Blueprintforathletes.com.