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Event Gets the New Year off to a Running Start

Event Gets the New Year off to a Running Start

5K Run and Health Expo happens Jan. 20 at UC Riverside.

(January 4, 2008)

Participants gather at the starting line for the 5K run.Enlarge

Participants gather at the starting line for the 5K run.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — The African Student Programs office at UC Riverside will sponsor a 5K run and health expo Sunday, Jan. 20, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the entrance to UCR Parking Lot #30, and the run starts at 9 a.m. A health expo will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The registration fee for the run is $10 and children under 12 can participate without charge. A $5 fee will charged for parking in Lot #30. The fastest runners will receive awards in each of the following categories: individual; alumni; faculty; staff and those with a baby stroller.

“Dr. King walked for peace and we want people to run for health,” said Ken Simons, director of the UCR African Student Programs office and event organizer. A co-sponsor is African Americans United in Science. “Anytime people gather to run should be considered a success. It's not the number of runners in the race but rather the intensity of the runner. We want this to become a lasting campus and community tradition.”

Simons said a fraternity, sorority and club challenge will start at 9:30 a.m. for a one-mile leg of the 5K. The fee for this event is $30 per team with prizes of $300 for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third.

For more information, please contact Ken Simons at 951-827-4576.

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