On Sunday, April 5, racing fans and runners of all skill levels and ages will have the opportunity to “run the course” at the 3rd Annual Grand Prix 5K, which will benefit local charities through the Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach.
Registration for the Grand Prix 5K opens today at thegrandprix5k.com.
Participants will run a two-lap tour of the world-famous Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach racecourse including Pine Avenue and Seaside Way, with the finish at the official Grand Prix start/finish line on Shoreline Drive. New-for-2020, kids 12 and under can get in on the action with the Kids’ Turbo 1K, which will take place after the main races on a portion of the regular racecourse. The other two races will be the Elite/Pro 5K (those who can finish the race in under 25 minutes) which will start at 7:30 a.m. and the run for the general public, beginning at 8:00 a.m.
Entry fee for the Grand Prix 5K will be $35 per person from now until March 15, with each paid person being entered in a drawing to win one of four rides in an Acura NSX pace car around the Acura Grand Prix track! The drawing will take place on Monday, March 18.
After March 15, the entry fee will go up to $40 through April 3, while the on-site entry fee on race weekend will be $45. The entry fee entitles each paid runner a finisher medal, an official Grand Prix 5K t-shirt, post-race refreshments and two complimentary Friday general admission tickets to the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, a $68 value. In addition, there will be activities in the 5K festival area at the conclusion of the run.
The Kids’ Turbo 1K entry fee will be $10 per person and includes a finisher medal and post-race refreshments.
Grand Prix 5K age divisions will include under 14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79 and 80+. Age division winners will win prizes in the main and Elite/Pro races.
“Adding the Elite/Pro category to last year’s Grand Prix 5K proved to be a big hit,” said Rick DuRee, president of the Grand Prix Foundation. “Now we’re adding an event for kids which will add to the fun. We’re excited to be opening up the opportunity for more people to run the iconic Acura Grand Prix race course for a great cause: local charities.”
The Grand Prix 5K, organized in conjunction with Run Racing, joins the Grand Prix Foundation’s popular Monte Carlo Night, taking place April 17 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Long Beach, as events that will raise money for the Grand Prix Foundation’s local charitable endeavors which include funding for the Long Beach Special Olympics, Ronald McDonald House, Century Club, Short Stop, Operation Jump Start and many others.
The Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach is a 501 (c)(3) publicly supported organization whose purpose is to raise funds through a series of charitable events held in conjunction with the Acura Grand Prix. With the Foundation’s low administrative costs, approximately 90 cents of every dollar raised goes to benefit Long Beach charities every year.
For more information and to register for the event, visit thegrandprix5k.com.
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 Acura 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.