Registration is open for the 17th annual Keep L.A. Running charity event Sunday, July 11th at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey.

The event features a 5K run/walk, 10K run, kids dash, and coastal bicycle cruise and will benefit a variety of charities. Proceeds from this year’s race will also go to help victims of the devastating Haiti earthquake.

Louie Zamperini, 93, a World War II hero and the oldest living U.S. track Olympian who competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, and South African runner Zola Budd Pieterse, who accidentally collided with American runner Mary Decker in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, have been selected as spokespersons and honorary starters for this year’s event.

The first start is at 7:30 a.m., with the bike ride followed by the 5K run/walk at 8 a.m., the 10K run at 8:30 a.m., and the kids dash at 9:45 a.m.

Keep L.A. Running races are open to everyone, from the serious runner to the first-time participant. The early registration (before July 5th) fee for the 5K walk/run and 10K run is $25, with souvenir T-shirt included, while late registration is $30. Early kids dash registration is $15, and late registration is $20. Registration for the coastal bike cruise is $20 (no late registration fee).

Runners, walkers and bike riders can register online on the event site,

www.keeplarunning.com/,

or by mail through July 6th to: Keep L.A. Running, c/o Prime Time, PO Box 1009, Twin Peaks, CA 92391.

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