SIU Med Students to Host Annual AMA 5K Race


March 28, 2014

SIU med students to host annual 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 19, at Washington Park in Springfield.

Now in its 20th 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. Entry forms 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.

Awards will be given to the male and female top three overall finishers and top age group finishers in the 10-year age groups from 20 – 69, 19 and under, and 70 and over. Participants also are invited to enter the walkers division. A free t-shirt, door prizes, and refreshments are provided after the race.

The fee is $20 until April 18 and $25 on the day of the race. 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 19 SIU races have resulted in more than $60,450 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 To register online go to

Media Contacts

Karen Carlson,
SIU, 217-545-3854


Phone 217-545-8000
P.O. Box 19620
Springfield, IL 62794-9620
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