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March 26, 2012                                              

SIU Med Students to Host Annual AMA 5K Race

The Junaia P. Carter M.D. 5K Race, organized by medical students at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at Washington Park in Springfield. 

Now in its 18th year, the race is dedicated to Dr. Junaia P. Carter, a member of the Class of 2010, who died in November 2010, after a battle with breast cancer. The race is a fundraiser sponsored by SIU’s student chapter of the American Medical Association. 

Advance registration is requested.  Registration forms are available from the Springfield Running Club. Entry forms also are available from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. the day of the race at the Washington Park shelter just west of the tennis courts, off of South Grand Avenue. 

The fee is $18 or $16 for online registration. There is a $2 discount for Springfield Road Runners Club and Illinois Medical Society members. Checks should be made payable to SIU School of Medicine and sent to Office of Student Affairs, SIU School of Medicine, P.O. Box 19624, Springfield, IL 62794-9624.  

All race proceeds this year will be donated to M.E.R.C.Y. Communities in Springfield, which provides homeless and at-risk families with transitional living and comprehensive support services. The previous 16 SIU races have resulted in more than $57,450 donated to local charities.

For registration and information, contact Jan Meyers at SIU’s Office of Student Affairs, call 217-545-2860 weekdays or e-mail jmeyers@siumed.edu. To register online go to www.getmeregistered.com/ama5k.

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