March 14, 2016
Junaia P. Carter, MD, 5k Race Set for April 23
Medical students at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine will host the 5th Annual Junaia P. Carter, MD, 5k Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23, at Washington Park in Springfield. Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m.
The event 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 run, which is an extension of the 21st Annual American Medical Association (AMA) 5k, is a fundraiser sponsored by SIU’s AMA student chapter. All race proceeds benefit M.E.R.C.Y. Communities in Springfield, which provides homeless and at-risk families with transitional living and comprehensive support services. The previous 20 SIU races have resulted in more than $67,450 donated to local charities.
Advance registration is requested. Participants can register online at www.getmeregistered.com/jpc5k or on the day of the event from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. at the Washington Park Pavilion, west of the tennis courts, off of South Grand Avenue. The fee is $20 until April 20 or $25 on the day of the race. Checks should be made payable to SIU School of Medicine and sent to the Office of Student Affairs, SIU School of Medicine, P.O. Box 19624, Springfield, IL 62794-9624.
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 will receive awards. Participants also are invited to enter the walkers’ division. All participants will receive a free t-shirt, refreshments and the chance to win door prizes.
For more information, contact Jan Meyers at SIU’s Office of Student Affairs at 217-545-2860.