The American Red Cross of Santa Monica and film and television actor Josh Duhamel are once again teaming up to host a “Youth Run 4 Japan” Sunday, March 27 to support earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan.

The two-mile run is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on Santa Monica Beach, rain or shine. Persons of all ages are invited to join in the two mile run.

“There is great joy in running and knowing that you’re also helping the good people of Japan recover from the effects of a devastating earthquake and tsunami,” Duhamel said.

Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, Duhamel led 2,500 runners in a similar beach run in Santa Monica that raised over $100,000 for Red Cross Haitian earthquake relief.

“We’re gratified our friend and longtime Red Cross supporter Josh Duhamel has once more taken this event on to help raise money for the Red Cross relief efforts,” Santa Monica chapter Executive Director John Pacheco said.

Runners will assemble in Dorothy Green Park adjacent to beach parking lot #1 where Ocean Park Boulevard meets the beach at 2600 Barnard Way. Registration for the run opens at 10 a.m. Run participants are asked to make a $10 donation for American Red Cross Japan earthquake/tsunami relief efforts.

Children under 16 are required to bring a parent or adult guardian along. Runners are also asked to wear something red to show support for Japanese earthquake relief efforts.

The Youth Run 4 Japan participants will run a mile north to the Santa Monica Pier, then turn around and return to the starting point at the Dorothy Green Park on the beach.

Monies collected at the run will go to the American Red Cross effort for Japan disaster relief. Checks and money orders should be made out to “American Red Cross – Japan relief ” and cash will also be accepted.

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Persons wishing to donate to disaster relief for Japan can also drop by the Santa Monica Red Cross, 1450 11th St. anytime during regular business hours.