MLB All-Star Game to Host Charity 5K

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St. Louis, Mo.— Now there’s more to All-Star weekend than seeing how far Albert Pujols’ home runs will go.

The first annual All-Star Charity 5K and Fun Run on Sunday, July 12 offers participants a chance to take part in the 2009 MLB All-Star game festivities while helping the fight against cancer.

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.

It’s the first-ever All-Star Charity 5K and Fun Run event hosted at an MLB All-Star Game and is part of the 2009 MLB All-Star Summer, a program dedicated to charitable initiatives and opportunities to give back to the community.

“This year’s contributions will be the most significant in Major League Baseball All-Star history,” said Tim Brosnan, executive vice president, business, Major League Baseball.

“This new event will be a great way for our guests and fans to have an authentic All-Star experience while raising money for an important cause.”

Around the Horn

The course begins at Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals and host of the 2009 MLB All-Star Game, and finishes at America’s Center, home of Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest.

Event participants will run and walk on a baseball-themed course featuring appearances by MLB legends and mascots, such as St. Louis mainstay “Fred Bird.” (Where else can you run a 5K and see a 6-foot red bird wearing sneakers?)

The 5K portion of the event, which will be an officially-timed event, begins at 7:30 a.m. CT with the family-friendly 1.1 mile Fun Run starting at 8 a.m. CT. All finishers will receive a commemorative All-Star medal and T-shirt.

Registration and event information is available at

“With this year’s All-Star Summer program, MLB takes its efforts to an entirely new level, helping change the game for those whose lives are touched by cancer,” said Sue Schwartz, founding member of Stand Up To Cancer.

“We can all play a role in the fight to end cancer.”

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