(East Los Angeles, CA) August 12, 2021 [From There Editor’s Desk]: As a recently credentialed media organization by Major League Baseball (MLB) and the L.A. Dodgers, we are publishing this story as a Public Service Announcement to our team’s faithful and supportive Mexican-American, Chicano, and Latino communities of East L.A. & Beyond. This event is sponsored by the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and presented by UCLA Health. We hope you will give it a good read and support it to the best of your abilities.
DODGERS FOUNDATION RUN PRESENTED BY UCLA HEALTH RETURNS TO DODGER STADIUM THIS SATURDAY
Los Angeles – The 2021 Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Sunset Run presented by UCLA Health will return to Dodger Stadium this Saturday, August 14th, for an evening run at 7:10 p.m. With “Live” and “Virtual” running options, the sunset, sold-out event will host 4,500 runners on-site and feature a new 5K course within the stadium property and finish line at the new Centerfield Plaza.
Nichol Whiteman, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), L.A. Dodgers Foundation (LADF), had this to say about the popular event, “For the past year and a half, we have been separated from friends and family as we worked to reduce the spread of COVID-19. With firm practices in place to keep runners safe, we are thrilled to reconnect and raise funds to support the most vulnerable Angelenos, many of whom endured the physical, emotional, and financial devastation that disproportionately impacted communities that were already struggling.”
Presenting Sponsor, UCLA Health, will have a significant presence at the race and in the Health + Wellness Expo, offering giveaways to all attendees. Nurses will be available to provide nutrition information for runners, sunscreen samples will be provided by their dermatology department, and UCLA Health Sports Performance powered by EXOS will provide engaging activities to further test the athleticism of all in attendance. In addition, medical professionals will be on site to provide information about COVID-19 and the importance of vaccinations.
“The opportunity to return to Dodger Stadium for this signature event is remarkable,” said Dr. Medell Briggs-Malonson, Chief, Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at UCLA Health. “It is so important that we support our local community with education and resources for improved health and wellness – a key part of UCLA Health’s mission. To be able to do that with this race and expo is a wonderful opportunity and we are so happy to be here.”
Levelwear and Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) join as Weekend Sponsors. Also joining the weekend’s events and Health + Wellness Expo in the new Centerfield Plaza are: A3M Hope, Generic Events, Handy Randy’s Plumbing Specialists, Medic Up Consulting, U.S. Marine Corps, and more.
For runner safety, the event will follow all Center For Disease Control (CDC) federal and local county guidelines as well as utilize wave starts and encourage social distancing in expanded corrals. There will be no water stations along the course route but runners and spectators are encouraged to bring their own water bottle. There will be a FREE fill-up station provided by DWP within the Expo for the duration of the event. At the finish line, all runners will receive a water bottle courtesy of Dasani, and fresh fruit courtesy of Melissa’s Produce.
In addition, all registered participants at least (21) years of age, with valid ID, can celebrate crossing the finish line with a complimentary beer from Michelob Ultra!
Dodger Alumni will welcome Dodger fans and runners as they cross the finish line. All registered participants will receive a Corey Seager World Champion Edition Run Bobblehead, Dodger ’21 T-shirt with reflective Dodgers logo, and World Champion finisher’s medal. All-Star packages include an additional Seager World Champion Edition Run Bobblehead and LA Runs fanny pack.
Registered runners are encouraged to pick-up race packets on Friday, August 13th between 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the new Centerfield Plaza, where the Health + Wellness Expo will also be open.
Concessions stands located in the Centerfield Plaza will also be open on Friday 1:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. with food for purchase. All 5K runners who show their race bib will also get 20% off select merchandise at the Dodger Team Store during race weekend.
**Please Take Note: The only entrances open on race day will be Sunset, Gate A off Vin Scully Ave. and Golden State, Gate C off Stadium Way/Academy Road. These two gates open at 4:30PM.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation as they go the distance to improve education, health care, homelessness and social justice for all Angelenos.
About the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation: Visit LADF online at www.dodgers.com/ladf, follow them on Twitter, @DodgersFdn, Instagram, @dodgersfoundation, and like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LosAngelesDodgersFoundation.
About UCLA Health: UCLA Health is among the world’s most comprehensive academic health systems, with a mission to provide state-of-the-art patient care, train top medical professionals and support pioneering research and discovery. It includes four hospitals on two campuses — Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA in the Westwood area of Los Angeles, and UCLA Health- Santa Monica Medical Center – and more than 200 medical practices throughout Southern California. UCLA Health also includes the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. UCLA Health hospitals ranked #1 in Los Angeles, #1 in California and #3 in the nation in the 2021-22 assessment by U.S. News & World Report.