5th Annual Wrigley River Run to Benefit At-Risk Youth in Long Beach

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More than one thousand adults and hundreds of kids are expected to participate in the fifth annual Wrigley River Run/Walk 5K and 10K, to be held on Saturday, June 2. The first race will begin at 7:30 am. The racecourse is located in Long Beach’s historic Wrigley neighborhood, and portions of the course will follow the Los Angeles River Trail. There will be musical entertainment at multiple spots along the course, which has been improved this year. A turn that had been on the river bed in years past has been eliminated meaning that runners will have a faster race and will see more of the palm tree lined streets of Wrigley.

A race for children ages 10 and under—the River Run Tadpole Trot—will be held in conjunction with the event at 9:30 am. All race proceeds will be donated to programs that benefit at-risk youth in Long Beach. Anyone interested in participating in the event can register at www.wrigleyriverrun.com or in person on Friday, June 1, from 5-8 pm in the parking lot of Holy Innocents Parish at 2500 Pacific Avenue (at the corner of Pacific Avenue and Willow Street) or on Saturday June 2 starting at 6 am at the same location. This location is also the start/finish line for the event.

There will be a neighborhood clean up along the route on May 26th and anyone who participates gets $5 off if they sign up for the race that day.

“This will be a great chance for people across Long Beach to come together, get outside with their family, friends, and neighbors, get some exercise, have some fun, and support a great cause to help the youth of our city,” says race organizer, Gavin Mc Kiernan. A finish line festival with live music, prizes, and awards including free shoes to the race winners donated by Legacy Running Store will take place after the race. All 5K and 1OK participants will receive goodie bags and commemorative tee shirts. All children in the Tadpole Trot will get a medal.

The Wrigley River Run is organized by the Long Beach Neighborhood Foundation (LBNF) and is also sponsored by Buono’s Pizzeria, Toyota, Altus Realty Solutions, AA Graphics, DBL Logistics, and many other local businesses and groups.

LBNF is a 501(c) 3 not for profit organization committed to organizing and sponsoring athletic events and programs in Long Beach. These events promote community involvement, education, tolerance, and a healthy non-violent lifestyle. All funds generated will be used to benefit at-risk youth through grants to local programs and through economic development efforts in historically underserved parts of Long Beach.

For additional information contact Gavin McKiernan Long Beach Neighborhood Foundation 562-234-6821, gavin@wrigleyriverrun.com, or http://www.wrigleyriverrun.com.

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