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Pacesetters Student organizations sponsor Blue Ribbon and ‘Run Away with Me’ 5K races

Ricardo Parra and Ianelli Guerra jog together in preparation for the “Run Away with Me” 5K and 1-mile run/walk. COURTESY PHOTO

UT Rio Grande Valley organizations will host two races this month, the Blue Ribbon 5K Run/Walk and “Run Away with Me.”

The American Marketing Association Edinburg will host the Blue Ribbon 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m. Feb. 20 in the Edinburg Municipal Park, 714 S. Raul Longoria Rd.

AMA-Edinburg has teamed up with the RGV Diabetes Association to raise awareness of the disease.

“We needed to find a local organization that is actually giving back to the community,” said Jolene Arellano, president of AMA-Edinburg. “We felt that as a marketing organization we can always help promote other nonprofit organizations and increase the cause of awareness; in this case, it’s diabetes.”

Proceeds from the event will go to the RGV Diabetes Association.

“We need to raise awareness, definitely for diabetes, and that we need to maintain a healthy lifestyle,” Arellano said .

Early registration is $20 for adults, $25 for an adult with a child and $10 for children between the ages of 13 and 17. Registration forms are also available in BUSA room 215 on the Edinburg campus.

“We don’t really see health as a priority for us and maintaining fitness,” Arellano said. “We want the community to know and we want them to benefit also.”

For more information, contact Arellano at (512) 785-0145 or email jolene.arellano01@utrgv.edu.

‘Run Away with Me’

The Exercise Science Club at UTRGV will host the “Run Away with Me” 5K and 1-mile run/walk fundraiser at 7 a.m. Feb. 20 outside the Main Building on the Brownsville campus.

“It is an event that can promote the physical activity of the community because this event is going to be a race in couples,” said Sigifredo Zavala, race coordinator. “So, what we want with this event is to promote the physical activity in family or couples in relationships.”

Early registration is $30 and late registration is $35. To register online, visit www.raceentry.com/races/run-

Zavala said he hopes participants will encourage others who are not as active to join the race.

“That’s what we want as a club, to help the community to have a physical, healthy style,” he said.

Medals will be awarded to the first 100 couples to finish the race. The top three couples in each division will receive prizes and all children who participate will receive medals.

For more information, call 336-8941 or email Zavala at sigifredo.zavala01@utrgv.edu.

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