Register to Run in Inaugural Grand Prix 5K Run!
Inaugural Event on World-Famous Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Race Circuit to Benefit Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach
Registration is open for the inaugural Grand Prix 5K Run/Walk presented by the Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach, set to take place Sunday, April 8 at 8 a.m.
Participants will have the unique opportunity to “run the course” on the world-famous Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach race circuit – the first time the course has been open to a running event in more than 35 years. The 5K course will start at the official Grand Prix start/finish line on Shoreline Drive, then head up Pine Avenue and Seaside Way, returning to Shoreline Drive on a two-lap tour of the circuit.
The “early bird” entry fee for the Grand Prix 5K is $30 per person until March 1, when the fee goes up to $35. On April 7 and race day, April 8, the fee will be $40. The entry fee entitles each paid runner a finisher medal, an inaugural Grand Prix 5K t-shirt and a complimentary Friday general admission ticket to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, a $33 value.
Grand Prix 5K age divisions will include under 10 years old, 10-15, 16-25, 26-35, 36-45, 46-55, 56-65, 66-75 and 75 or older. Age division winners will win prizes, as will the overall 5K winners.
“For years, we’ve been talking about hosting an opportunity for the public to ‘run’ the Grand Prix track and it’s finally coming to fruition,” said Rick DuRee, president of the Grand Prix Foundation. “The Grand Prix 5K will open the track for runners of all ages to experience the thrill of running on the iconic Long Beach race course.”
To minimize impact on local businesses, the running portion of the 5K event will conclude at 9:30 a.m. The course will not utilize the eastbound lanes of Shoreline Drive nor the southbound lanes of Pine Ave. All businesses will remain open and available during the 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. run.
The Grand Prix 5K, organized in conjunction with Run Racing, joins the Grand Prix Foundation’s popular Monte Carlo Night, taking place April 13 in downtown Long Beach, as events that will raise money for the Grand Prix Foundation’s charitable endeavors, which include funding for Long Beach area charities that include the Long Beach Special Olympics, Ronald McDonald House, Century Club, Operation Jump Start and many others.
About the Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach
The Grand Prix Foundation, since its inception in 1991, has donated more than $4 million to Southern California charities. In addition, the Foundation donates tickets and hospitality packages to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and tickets to the Foundation’s “Grand Prix Charity Days” events to charitable and civic organizations to assist them in their fundraising efforts or, in some cases, to bring the physically or mentally challenged to a “day at the races.” For more information on the Grand Prix Foundation, please call the Foundation office at (562) 490-4509.