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Local Runners Invited to Participate in Fourth Annual River Run 5K and One-Mile Challenge

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 27, 2012 – Local runners are invited to lace up their sneakers for the fourth annual Athletic Trainer River Run 5K and One-Mile Challenge on March 4, sponsored by UPMC Sports Medicine. The event will celebrate National Athletic Training Month and benefit the scholarship fund of the Southwest Region of the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society (PATS).

Event kick-off will take place at 8 a.m., Sunday, March 4 at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex, 3200 Water St., on Pittsburgh’s South Side.

For those who register by March 2, participation in the 5K is $20, the one-mile challenge cost is $15, and the fee for both races is $25. Race-day registration costs are $25 for the 5K, $20 for the one-mile challenge and $30 for both. Those interested in participating can access the secure online registration form at www.signmeup.com/ATRiverRun or contact UPMC Sports Medicine at 412-432-3770 to receive a paper registration form or more information.

Each registrant will receive an event long-sleeve performance shirt and one raffle ticket for a chance to win logo items and apparel from local sports teams. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased for $2 each on the day of the race.

Event on-site registration and check-in will begin at 8 a.m., and the UPMC Indoor Training Center will be available for a warm-up at 8:30 a.m. The one-mile challenge will start at 9:00 a.m.; the 5K will start at 10:15 a.m.; and awards ceremonies will follow each race. The silent auction and raffle will be ongoing and announced at the conclusion of the 5K. Plaques will be awarded to the top male and female finishers, and trophies and medals will be given to the top three finishers in each male and female age group.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the scholarship fund of the Southwest Region of PATS, which will be presented to a student from one of the region’s accredited athletic training programs after the race.

“When we developed the scholarship fund, it was our way of giving back to athletic training programs. The race raised more than $2,500 for one deserving student in 2007,” said Guy Sanchioli, UPMC athletic trainer. “This year, we hope to have an even bigger race turnout in honor of the unique work and dedication of athletic trainers at all levels of sports.”

The Athletic Trainer River Run is organized by the athletic training staffs and students from UPMC Sports Medicine, Duquesne University, University of Pittsburgh, California University of Pennsylvania, Waynesburg College and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The event is open to the public. Free parking will be available in the lots at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex.

Certified athletic trainers are medical professionals who are specially trained in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of all types of injury and illness that may occur to athletes or physically active people.

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