On your mark, get set, go! This three-command start is going to be how more than 500 runners and walkers are going to start their morning off on February 9, 2013 in the City of Lynwood as they take part in the City’s and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Century Station’s first collaborative “My Lynwood: Healthy Cities 2013 5K/10K Run & Walk.”
With proceeds benefiting the Century Sheriff’s Station’s Baker to Vegas Running Team, who are scheduled to participate in the annual statewide marathon entitled, The Challenge Cup/Baker to Vegas Relay Race on April 13-14, 2013, the City of Lynwood’s 5K/10K Run & Walk on February 9, 2013 will be the first time the City partners with the Century Station on a project that has nothing to do with fighting crime.
While the City of Lynwood has held 5K/10K runs and walks in the past, they have never reached the magnitude that this race is expected to reach considering it will be open to all law enforcement personnel who are avid runners and are expecting to run in the Baker to Vegas Relay Race later in the spring.
This 5K/10K Run & Walk will also benefit the City’s brand new Greater Lynwood Chamber of Commerce as one of its first fundraisers to help get it off to a brand new start. As a gesture of appreciation, the GLCC has promised to serve registered runners in the race a free pancake breakfast to start off the morning right.
This event falls under the City of Lynwood’s alliance with the Healthy Cities and Community’s Initiative.
“We’ve done marathons and walks in the City before, but none have gotten as big as this one is expected to get,” said Deborah Jackson, Director of Public Relations. “This is a great way to start the year off right. Not only will this event help put the City of Lynwood on the map for hundreds of people from across the Southland who have never even heard of Lynwood and will be running in this race, but we’re also hoping that it strengthens the bridge of communication the City of Lynwood has been building between its residents and law enforcement."
Jackson and several other City Employees will be among the runners in the 5K/10K Run/Walk. If residents or business owners don’t want to participate in the race, Jackson hopes that the Lynwood community at least, comes out of their homes or their storefronts to show runners their support.
From the park, the walk and race will route through major streets including: Imperial Highway, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and Atlantic Avenue. The routes will also go through smaller streets like Birch and Spruce Streets, Fernwood, Colyer, Mulford, Carlin and Gertrude Avenues, and Bullis and Abbott Roads.
Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. on Feb. 9 at Lynwood City Park, 11330 Bullis Road. Pre-registration is $20 for the 5K Run/Walk, and $25 for the 10K Run. On-site registration for the 5K Run/Walk is $30 and for the 10K Run it will be $35. The registration fee includes an official event T-shirt, a race bib, and sponsor gifts. For more information, call (310) 603-0220 Ext. 501.