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Cesar Chavez 5K Run/Walk

Fifth Annual César E. Chávez 5K Run/Walk

Proceeds will go to UCR scholarships and community youth projects.

(March 28, 2006)

Riverside, Calif. -- The UC Riverside Chicano Student Programs is sponsoring its Fifth Annual César E. Chávez 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 8, 2006 from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at the university’s Carillon Tower.

The run/walk was established to celebrate the legacy of Chávez, the founder and driving force behind the United Farm Workers Union for 31 years. The event is also a way to help raise scholarship money for UCR students and Riverside area youth programs.

“What we are trying to do,” said Elena Perez, the social and cultural programmer for Chicano Student Programs, “is to keep the legacy of César Chávez alive and contribute to the betterment of our communities.”

Most of the money raised by the event goes to scholarships, Perez said, but in years past some has also gone to a local youth soccer team that couldn’t afford uniforms and to a children’s reading program. The organizations that receive funds vary from year to year.

“Our committee gets together and looks at the money we have and decides where it can do the most good,” she said.

Participants can sign up as individuals or recruit co-workers, friends and family to run as a team. Individuals and teams are encouraged to set a fund raising goal and get friends and family members to support them.

Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. The 5K Run/Walk will start at 8:30 a.m. and a Kids’ Run, for children 12 and under, will begin at 9:30 a.m. There’ll be an awards ceremony at 10 a.m.

Registration fees are $15 for individuals and $65 for teams (five members). The fees are waived when fund-raising goals are met. For more information visit the Web site at or call Chicano Student Programs at (951) 827-3821.

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