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44th Annual Y Race, Arizona’s Oldest Footrace Set to Run October 27

Will Cap Month Long Valley of the Sun YMCA Anniversary

Sponsorships Available for 2012 Y Race Half Marathon & 5k Walk/Run

WHAT:  The 44th Annual Lincoln Family Downtown Y Race Half Marathon and 5K is Arizona’s oldest footrace, first run in 1968.

WHEN:  Saturday, October 27, 2012 – 7:00 a.m.

WHERE:  South Mountain Park, 10409 S Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85042

INFO:  The Valley of the Sun YMCA, the State’s oldest nonprofit, is celebrating 120 years serving the people of Arizona throughout the month of October. Capping off the celebration month is the 44th running of the Y Race Phoenix at South Mountain Park.

For the 16th year running, longtime YMCA member Wyatt Earp will start the race with his signature double barrel shot gun start in the tradition of the old west. New this year the Y Race has added a free 1-mile Fun Kids Run, expanded expo, live entertainment, Halloween costume contest, and trusted YMCA Child Watch services for participants with children ages 3-12 (little ones must be potty trained)

Registration is now open for the half marathon and 5K run/walk at www.yracephoenix.com. Sponsorship opportunities of all levels are available, contact Kevin DiDomenico,  602-212-6173 or kdidomenico@vosymca.org for details. The Y Race is a fundraiser for the Downtown Lincoln Family YMCA Strong Kids & Families annual campaign.

For more information on the Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA please contact Senior Executive Director Greg Corns at 602-257-5121 or gcorns@vosymca.org.

The Valley of the Sun YMCA is one of the largest human services non-profit organizations in Arizona. As the oldest non-profit in Arizona, the YMCA serves local communities in Maricopa County, Pinal County, Yuma, Flagstaff and Prescott offering over 283 programs and 26 social services at 17 locations.

Members are welcome regardless of gender, religion, ethnicity, age or ability to pay.  The YMCA aims to provide each member with every opportunity to reach farther and improve their lives and the lives of those around them. Through Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, the YMCA’s goal is to inspire positive and lasting social change. Visit www.valleyYMCA.org to learn more.