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Jan. 18, 2002
DH-02-TK-003
Contact: Thomas Knox
(310) 243-3367

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Local Runners and Walkers Participate in
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run

Local church joins the university to Honor Dr. King through athletic competition

Carson, CA - Aspiring Olympic middle-distance runners and area amateur athletes are invited to race for first place as part of the 2nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) on Feb. 9. Runners will register from 7:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. An opening ceremony commences immediately following the registration, while the actual race begins at 9 a.m. An awards ceremony begins at 11 a.m.

Sponsored jointly by California State University, Dominguez Hills, and Torrance-based, Glory Christian Fellowship International church (GCFI), the event is held as part of a comprehensive calendar of activities to commemorate the legacy of the celebrated, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who is universally recognized as the father of the civil rights movement.

Designed to bring together runners from varying levels of competition, this event promises to showcase a broad spectrum of dedicated athletes. "We are expecting several hundred male and female participants from all age groups to compete for the coveted first place award," said Barbara-Ferrell-Edmonson, Director of Community Relations for CSUDH. "We have partnered with Glory Christian Fellowship International church to honor the King legacy in two very important ways. We provide our participants with the opportunity to match their skills against other respected competitors, and we foster the spirit of love and brotherhood that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. worked so tirelessly to achieve."

Alton Trimble, pastor of Glory Christian Fellowship International church states the event transcends the realm of athletic competition. "We believe that the faith-based community of our time would do well to mimic the efforts of Dr. King by extending its influence and its message of love to those outside of the church walls," Pastor Trimble explained. "This is more than an athletic event or competition, it is an opportunity to build bridges of fellowship and camaraderie with the people in our community."

The entry fee for the race can be purchased for $20 before Jan. 25 and $25 after Jan. 25. For entry forms, call Barbara Ferrell-Edmonson at (310) 243-2114, or Pamela Horne, Glory Christian Fellowship International Church at (310) 538-9185. Runners can participate in age-group divisions ranging from 7 and under, through 50 and over.

California State University, Dominguez Hills takes pride in offering a 'World of Opportunity' to everyone who desires a quality higher education. Visit the university website at www.csudh.edu for complete information on campus curriculum and activities.

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