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Clark College News and Events

September 10, 2007
For Immediate Release
For additional information: 
Ara Serjoie, Clark College Foundation
Telephone:  (360) 992-2428


The Clark College Foundation and Penguin Athletic Club will host the 3rd annual Kalani Rodrigues Memorial Scholarship 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, September 22

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Clark College Foundation and Penguin Athletic Club will host the 3rd Annual Kalani Rodrigues Memorial Scholarship 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, September 22, 2007 at Clark College. 

The event, which is held in memory of Clark College alumnus Kalani Rodrigues, provides athletic scholarships and raises awareness of brain cancer treatment options.   Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the run/walk scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.

The K-Rod Run/Walk route winds through and around Clark College’s main campus, located in Vancouver’s Central Park district.  For their registration fee of $25, run/walk participants will be treated to a luau lunch and Hawaiian entertainment.

The event schedule is as follows:

9:30 a.m.  Registration
10:30 a.m.  Run/Walk
11:00 a.m.   Luau entertainment begins
11:30 a.m. Luau lunch

Kalani RodriguesIn late summer of 2004, track athlete and Clark College alumnus Kalani Rodrigues envisioned a community run/walk event to generate awareness for brain cancer and its treatment.  He had every intention of participating in what he called the “K-Rod” Run.  By December 2004, after a 13-month struggle against brain cancer, Rodrigues succumbed at the age of 21.  His desire to establish an event that would call attention to brain cancer has been carried on by family, friends, and community volunteers.

To date, proceeds from the “K-Rod” Run/Walk and donations to an endowment established in Rodrigues’ name have generated more than $63,000 in athletic scholarship funds and have raised awareness of brain cancer treatment options in the community.

Event chair Lori Jimerson said, “If Kalani had lived to see this accomplishment, he would be thrilled to know we live in a community that cares.  He would be very humbled to see how many people believe in his dream of an event that evokes such compassion from our community.  Kalani would be proud to know that the event supports other student athletes by providing scholarships to attend Clark College, an opportunity he enjoyed tremendously.”

Presenting Sponsor, Schering–Plough, is joined by others from the regional community in support of the “K-Rod” Run/Walk.  They include:  The Columbian, Noho’s Hawaiian Café, Tommy O’s, Fishead, SuperPrinters, and several anonymous donors.  Kindra Boyle of Experience Relief Chiropractic and Massage will provide complimentary massages at the finish line.

Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.  Parking for K-Rod Run/Walk participants will be available in the college’s purple #1 and red #3 parking lots on Fort Vancouver Way, north of E. McLoughlin Blvd.

For more information or to download a registration form, visit the Clark College Foundation Web site or call the foundation at 360-992-2301.


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