The 28th Annual Jet to Jetty, featuring 5K and 10K races, 10- and 20-mile family bicycle rides and a kids “fun run,” will take place at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey Saturday, Aug. 25.
Proceeds from the race will benefit the Westchester-based Airport Marina Counseling Service, a nonprofit, community-based mental health clinic that is celebrating its 50th year of providing mental health services to the greater Los Angeles International Airport area and training mental health therapists.
“Support from the community, especially for the Jet to Jetty, has been a key factor in helping AMCS achieve this milestone,” said Kathleen O’Leary Lefferman, executive director of the clinic.
The Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation is once again the title sponsor of the race for 2012.
“We encourage everyone to participate in the Jet to Jetty, which supports the great work that Airport Marina Counseling Service does in our community,” said Karen Dial, president of the Drollinger foundation.
Former Los Angeles Dodger and Angel Jay Johnstone will serve as the grand marshal for this year’s event. Johnstone was an outfielder who played for eight teams during his 19-year major league career.
Early packet pickup and registration will be held at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Plaza El Segundo from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. On race day, registration and packet pickup begin at 6:30 a.m. The 10- and 20-mile bike rides are scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m.
The 5K run, 5K walk and team competition begin at 8 a.m., followed by the 10K race at 8:30 a.m. and the kids fun run at 9:30 a.m. Pre-race warm-ups will be conducted by staff at the Westchester Family YMCA. Johnstone will start the runners off in the official pace car.
In addition to the races, a costume contest will also be held.
Entry fees for the 5K, 10K and bike ride events are $40 ($35 if registered by Aug. 23) and the beach parking fee is included with the entry. The kids fun run entry fee is $10. Youths 12 and under are free in both the 10- and 20-mile bike ride.
Prizes and plaques are awarded to the top male and female finishers in both the 5K and 10K and the top three finishers in each age bracket will receive a medal. The fastest team in the 5K will also receive a plaque and prizes for the best costume and best team costume will be awarded.
Prizes include an eight day/seven night Pleasant Hawaiian vacation for two at the Royal Lahaina Resort on Maui donated by the William H. Hannon Foundation. Tickets are $5 each or 12 for $50.
There will also be food trucks on site. All race participants will receive an event T-shirt and free after-race refreshments. Balloon hats and face painting will be available for kids of all ages, and an expo will feature music.
To register, www.jetojetty.com, or www.w2promotions.com. Information, (310) 670-1410 ext. 103.