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March 20, 20080

SIU Med Students to Host Annual AMA 5K Run

The 14th annual American Medical Association 5K Run, organized by medical students at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12.  It will begin at Washington Park in Springfield.

Advance registration is requested.  Registration forms are available from the Springfield Running Club.  Entry forms also are available from 7 to 8 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 $15.  Checks should be made payable to SIU School of Medicine and sent to SIU AMA 5K Run, c/o Tony Jeanmenne, 2512 Winfield Dr., Springfield, IL 62704.   There is a one-dollar discount for Springfield Road Runners Club members.

The race is a fundraiser sponsored by SIU’s student chapter of the American Medical Association.  The group has donated more than $45,300 to local charities from previous races.

All race proceeds this year will be donated to M.E.R.C.Y. Communities, located at 108 E. Cook Street in Springfield, which provides homeless and at-risk families with transitional living and comprehensive support services.

For registration and information, contact SIU’s Office of Student Affairs at 217-545-2860 weekdays or fourth-year medical student Tony Jeanmenne at 309-360-2554 or

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