A new twist to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game was announced recently: A Charity 5K that will take place two days before the big game in St. Louis.
Here is a press release with a little more information on the run, including some former baseball greats participating in the festivities (courtesy of Major League Baseball):
LOU BROCK, ROLLIE FINGERS AND VINCE COLEMAN TO APPEAR AT ALL-STAR CHARITY 5K & FUN RUN
Hall of Famer Lou Brock will be the official starter with Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers and former Cardinal Vince Coleman handing out medals and congratulating fans as they cross the finish line of the first-ever All-Star Charity 5K & Fun Run presented by Sports Authority and Nike, which will take place on Sunday, July 12. This event is part of the 2009 MLB All-Star Summer program dedicated to charitable initiatives and giving back to the community. All race related net proceeds will be donated equally to three charities supporting cancer research and education--the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Hall of Famer Lou Brock is recognized as one of the most talented and gifted baserunners in Major League history. Brock, who had 938 career stolen bases, ranks second all-time in stolen bases and each year, the National League’s leader in stolen bases is presented with the Lou Brock Award. Rollie Fingers helped lead the way in defining the role of the modern day closer. Over his 17-year Major League career with the Oakland Athletics, the San Diego Padres and the Milwaukee Brewers, Fingers was selected to seven All-Star Games and appeared in 16 World Series games, fashioning a 1.35 ERA and collecting six saves in the Fall Classic. Vince Coleman was a two-time National League All-Star while a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. Known for his speed on the basepaths, Coleman set numerous stolen base records. In his N.L. Rookie of the Year Award-winning season in 1985, Coleman stole 110 bases, setting a single-season stolen base record for a rookie.
Participants will run and walk on a baseball-themed course featuring appearances by MLB legends and mascots. All finishers will receive a commemorative All-Star medal and t-shirt. The course will begin at Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals and host of the 2009 MLB All-Star Game, and will finish at America’s Center, home of Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest. The 5K portion of the event, which will be an officially timed event, will begin at 7:30 a.m. CT with the family-friendly 1.1 mile Fun Run starting at 8:00 a.m. CT. Sign up by July 2 and receive a discounted price of $30 (adult) and $25 (children 12 and under) for the 5K and $20 (adult) and $15 (children 12 and under) for the Fun Run. Space is limited so participants are encouraged to sign up early. Registration and event information is available at www.allstargame.com. Information is also available at all nine St. Louis area Sports Authority locations.
The All-Star Charity 5K and Fun Run presented by Sports Authority and Nike will be joining an All-Star Summer event line-up that focuses on giving back to the community including the MLB All-Star Charity Concert benefiting Stand Up to Cancer; People “All-Stars Among Us,” a national campaign with PEOPLE Magazine that will recognize individuals who have served their communities in extraordinary ways; and in-stadium events highlighted by Gatorade All-Star Workout Day in which nearly $5 million will be donated to local and national charities through MLB Charities and Cardinals Care. The charity and community service initiatives, which will be themed “Going Beyond,” will be the most extensive in Major League Baseball All-Star history and will complement the celebration of history and traditions of Baseball and the St. Louis Cardinals.