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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: September 8, 1999


RUN 4 LIFE Promotes Healthy Winners


The 2000 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials may be coming to California State University, Sacramento in July, but athletes of all ages will be able to run for their lives in October.

The inaugural RUN 4 LIFE event will take place in the CSUS Hornet Stadium Sunday, Oct. 10. The 5K run/walk/wheelchair race ends on the future site of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

"They will be running in the future footprints of Olympic athletes," said Annita Watson, RUN 4 LIFE race coordinator and nursing professor.

More than 500 runners and walkers are expected to take part in RUN 4 LIFE, an event promoting wellness for all ages.

Doug Hansen, development director for the College of Health and Human Services, said the race is an opportunity to bring young and old together to promote wellness.

"Cross-generational involvement has proven to be helpful in prolonging life and keeping people healthy," Hansen said.

Event organizers hope to raise between $12,000 and $15,000. Funds from the event will be used exclusively to support the University's new LIFE Center, to be housed in the University's historic Julia Morgan House. The LIFE (Lifetime, Innovations in Fitness for Everyone) Center, a project of the College of Health and Human Services, will encourage positive health for older adults by delivering health services, education and research information.

RUN 4 LIFE begins at 7 a.m. and is followed by an awards ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Runners are encouraged to register before Sept. 27 for $15, race day registration is $20. Children and seniors pay $10. Seniors ages 80 and over race for free. Register by mail by sending checks payable to CSUS/Run, c/o College of Health and Human Services, CSUS, 6000 J Street, Sacramento CA 95819-6104. For more information call 278-7255.

Food, prizes, T-shirts and entertainment will be on hand for participants.

On race day, participants will race on varying divisions. Those ages 12-59 will race in the "Kids" division, ages 60-69 in the "Young Seniors" division, and ages 70-plus will race in the "Super Seniors" division. A "Children's Race," for ages two to 11 will start at 10 a.m.

Plans are to make the run an annual CSUS event.

The event sponsors are Betty Milchrist, NELMAR Construction, Lillian E. Poage, River's Edge At Campus Commons (Hank Fisher Properties, Inc.), CSUS Foundation, Chicken Soup Plus Inc., Eskaton, Herzog Surgical Inc., Division of Criminal Justice, Division of Nursing, John F. Otto Inc., Runners World, La Bou, The Plastic Surgery Center, Pepsi, Kaplan, California State Department of Aging, Fleet Feet, Dixie Schneider Presents, Folsom Hearing Aid Center, McDonough, Holland & Allen, and William Van Velkinburg.

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