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11TH RUN AGAINST HUNGER OPEN TO ALL.

Byline: Daily News

Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to participate in the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry's 11th annual Run Against Hunger beginning at 8 a.m. Oct. 31.

The 5-kilometer course for the run and walk will start at Newhall Park and follow the South Fork Trail that parallels the scenic Santa Clara River. This out-and-back course is flat and has been sanctioned by the Southern California Track and Field Association.

The registration fee is $20, with a discount to $15 for senior citizens and children under 12. Every paid participant will receive a souvenir T-shirt, refreshments donated by Trader Joe's and a chance for gifts in drawings after the race.

Prizes will be awarded three-deep in all divisions, and additional honors will go to the top male runner and the top female competitor.

``The run is a great way for the community to come together for a good time and to show their support for the Food Pantry,'' said Barbara Liddi, race coordinator.

Television personality Rick Chambers will emcee the event for the 11th year in a row.

``Rick always makes this competition entertaining for all participants and volunteers,'' Liddi said. ``We are very grateful for his support.''

The Food Pantry has used money from past Run Against Hunger events to purchase the building it had been leasing. The goal for this year is to start renovating the building to make sure it will provide the space for efforts toward the goal that no child in the Santa Clarita Valley go to bed hungry.

The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry was established in 1986 by a small group of community volunteers. With donations from the local community, the Food Pantry provides supplemental food on a short-term basis to about 24,000 individuals each year, 57 percent of whom are children.

For information about the Run Against Hunger, call the Food Pantry at (661) 254-0853 or visit http://alpha.scvnet.net/foodpantry.
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Date:Oct 18, 2004
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