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Medalist to ‘carry torch’

Effort aims to help seniors

Posted: October 3, 2008 9:37 p.m.
Updated: December 5, 2008 5:00 a.m.
 

Olympic Gold Medalist Allyson Felix will help kick off Sunday’s Kiwanis Club of Santa Clarita’s 17th Annual Six Flags Magic Mountain 5K Run.

Having recently returned from Beijing, the celebrated sprinter and Santa Clarita Valley resident will cheer on the cause of feeding our valley’s most frail and dependent seniors: The run benefits the SCV Senior Center’s Home-Delivered Meals Program and other Kiwanis charities.

Money raised at the $25-per-entrant 5K help nourish the more than 800 local seniors who can no longer take care of their own nutritional needs.

The majority of them are in their 80s and older, homebound, chronically ill or disabled, and have little or no support networks in place other than the Senior Center.

Provided by the SCV Committee on Aging/SCV Senior Center, the meals have been volunteer-delivered for nearly 30 years.

Approximately 360 meals per day are provided with increases some weeks as much as 3 percent per week. And while a suggested donation of $2.50 is requested, money is never required to receive a meal. (Home-Delivered Meals are provided in a 450 square mile area that includes the Santa Clarita Valley and the city of San Fernando.).

Registration for the Kiwanis Club of Santa Clarita’s 17th Annual Six Flags Magic Mountain 5K Run begins at 6:30 a.m. Race time is 8 a.m. The run allows for all age ranges to participate with free commemorative T-shirts for the first 500 runners.

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