The Aquarium of the Pacific to Host its First 5K Run/Walk

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The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its first 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, July 22, 2012. Beginning at 7:30 a.m., the race will take participants on a scenic waterfront loop around the Aquarium and surrounding shoreline areas. Runners will be cheered on by Aquarium volunteers and animal mascots. The chip-timed race will award $500 to the top male and female overall finishers and certificates to the top three participants in each age division.

The cost for runners under age 17 is $44 and is $52 for adults. All participants will receive admission to the Aquarium, discount coupons for family and friends, and a T-shirt. Participants who cross the finish line will receive a penguin-inspired medal. Pre-registration ensures the availability of T-shirts and other prizes.

Participants are encouraged to check in between 6:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. and race in their age division. The nine divisions include: 12 and under, 13-15, 16-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49,50-59, 60-69, and 70-plus. The course will have two water stations to keep participants hydrated and will loop back at the starting point at the Aquarium, where music and celebration await. Grassy areas in front of the Aquarium can be used as picnic or waiting areas for family and friends. To register, visit www.aquariumofthepacific.org/a5krace or call 626-755-8489 .

The Aquarium’s race partner, Aztlan Athletics, has been involved in supporting athletes and communities since 1974. Their mission is to help empower people to find ways of improving their role in conservation and respective communities, while participating in an activity that is healthy.

The 5K Run/Walk is made possible with the help of title sponsors Molina Healthcare, as well as sponsors Quiksilver Foundation, Dasani, and vitaminwater.

The Aquarium of the Pacific, a nonprofit institution, is dedicated to instilling a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. It is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and a place where important topics facing our planet and our ocean are explored by scientists, policy-makers and stakeholders in the search for sustainable solutions. For more information call (562) 590-3100 or visit www.aquariumofpacific.org.

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