Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Coaster Run ~ SCA 5K Road Championships

LOS ANGELES, CA – Wayne Joness (JO-ness), newly appointed Long Distance Running Committee Chairman for the Southern California Association of USA Track & Field, has announced the first USATF Road Championship for 2008.

The COASTER RUN 5K on Sunday, April 13th, in Buena Park will serve as the 2008 Southern California USATF 5K Road Championship. Produced by Renegade Racing, the race is a fund-raiser for the Speech & Language Development Center and also includes a 10K (which is not a USATF Championship) and a 1K Kids Walk/Run.

Race day registration, the start & finish, and post-race Expo are all located at Buena Park’s famous Knott's Berry Farm at 8039 Beach Boulevard. Last year’s 5K drew 655 runners and the 2007 men’s and women’s 5K winners over the flat, fast course were Julio Jimenez (16:08) and Ceci St. Geme (17:47).

This year’s race will feature a separate Elite 5K Race featuring cash prizes for the top-5 male and female finishers. Entry standards for the elite race are 17:00 for men and 20:00 for women. (Those running in this race will be exempt from receiving age-group division awards.)

In the Elite Race, all entrants must be 2008 members of USA Track & Field. In the Open 5K race, the top-3 USATF member finishers in the following 13 different men’s and women’s age groups will receive gold-silver-bronze USATF Championship Medals:
13 & under, 14-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70+.

What’s more, all 5K/10K participants will receive 1/2 price entry to Knotts Berry Farm. Those raising $100 or more in donations for the Speech & Language Development Center will earn free entry to the park.

Elite Men: Elite Females:
1st Place $400 1st Place $400
2nd Place $250 2nd Place $250
3rd Place $150 3rd Place $150
4th Place $100 4th Place $100
5th Place $50 5th Place $50
USATF Championship
Medals to places 1-10 USATF Championship
Medals to places 1-10

6:00am Race Day Registration Opens:
7:30am 5K Elite Race
7:45am 5K Open Race
8:00am 10K Open Race
9:00am Kids 1K Walk/Run
9:30am Awards Presentations
6:00am-11:00am Finish Line EXPO

To register for the 2008 Southern California 5K Road Championships,
please visit http://www.make-u-fit.net/events-detail.asp?ID=8

$25.00 5K Elite Race
$25.00 5K Open Race
$35.00 10K Open Race
$15.00 Kids 1K Walk/Run
$5.00 Late Fee Applied after March 30

“This is the first Southern California USATF Road Championship in more than 2 decades, says Wayne Joness. So we are very excited to partner with the Buena Park Speech & Language Development Center and Renegade Racing on their Coaster Run and hoping to grow both their race and our Southern California Road Championship Series.”

Wayne Joness
Chair, Open Athletics Long Distance Running Committee
Southern California Association/ USA Track & Field
Cell (310) 600-5332 Email: runner@joness.com

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