September 14 , 2009
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Rachel Stansbury, Clark College Foundation
THE K-ROD RUN
TAKES THE NEXT STEP
AS SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON’S
As it celebrates its fifth year, the Kalani Rodrigues Memorial Scholarship Run/Walk takes a big step forward –
becoming Southwest Washington’s new 10K run
VANCOUVER, Wash. – It began with family and friends walking across the Clark College campus. Now, as it celebrates its fifth year, the Kalani Rodrigues Memorial Scholarship Run/Walk is taking a big step forward as Southwest Washington’s new 10K run.
The event, which is held in memory of Clark College alumnus Kalani Rodrigues, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 27. The 10K run will begin at 8 a.m. at the Clark College Christensen Soccer Field, located on the west side of Fort Vancouver Way north of McLoughlin Blvd. Maps and parking directions are available at www.clark.edu/maps.
The 10K Run will be an open-course, timed event. Runners -- including Clark College President Robert K. Knight -- will enjoy a dynamic route through downtown Vancouver, along the Columbia River and through the beautiful Fort Vancouver National Site. The route will conclude at the landmark Clark College Chime Tower. Event organizers believe that many runners will be drawn to the K-Rod Run as an outstanding opportunity to prepare for the Portland Marathon on Oct. 4.
At 8:30 a.m., the traditional 5K Walk will take place across Clark’s main campus.
Both events will be followed by a post-run luau hosted by the Clark College Penguin Athletic Club. The luau is open to all pre-registered participants and will include food and beverages.
For more information or to download a registration form, visit http://www.clarkcollegefoundation.org/77.php or call 360-992-2301.
Same day registration will begin at 7 a.m. at Clark College.
About Kalani Rodrigues and the K-Rod Run/Walk
In the 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 wanted to be among those running in what he called the “K-Rod” Run. But in December 2004, Kalani Rodrigues died of brain cancer. He was just 21.
In 2005, family, friends and community volunteers honored Kalani Rodrigues’ dream by establishing the K-Rod Run/Walk. Four years later, the event is a celebration of life. Proceeds and donations to an endowment established in Rodrigues’ name have generated more than $60,000 in athletic scholarship funds. The event has also raised awareness of brain cancer treatment options in the region.
Event chair Lori Jimerson said, “Kalani would be thrilled to know that this event is now in its fifth year and has become Southwest Washington’s newest 10K run. He would be proud to know that the event supports other student athletes by providing scholarships to attend Clark College. And he would be humbled to see how many people believe in his dream.”
The 2009 K-Rod Run/Walk is supported by presenting sponsor Schering–Plough and regional supporters including Bamboo Grove Hawaiian Grille, The Columbian, Fishead, Fit Right Northwest, Hula Boy Charbroil, Noho’s Hawaiian Café, and Nutter Corporation as well as the Clark College Penguin Athletic Club.