Runners and walkers can celebrate USA’s Independence Day on July 4, by participating, volunteering or donating to Rosemead 5K, Kids Fun Run and Tot Trot, announced volunteer Race Director Israel Estrada.
Participants will get an early start as the 5K start will be at 7 a.m. so the weather is cooler for the participants, followed by the Kids Fun Run at 8 a.m. and Tot Trot at 8:15 a.m.
Veterans who have served the USA and attend California State University at Los Angeles (CSULA) will benefit as profits from the event will go towards scholarships for student veterans at CSULA.
The course will start in front of Rosemead City Hall on Valley Boulevard, go east two blocks to Rosemead Boulevard, south a few blocks to Marshal, east to Rio Hondo, north to Valley Boulevard, west on Mission Drive three blocks to Rosemead Park, north on Encinita Avenue past the park and Encinita Elementary School, west on Lower Azusa Avenue, south on Rosemead Boulevard past Rosemead High School and a little past Valley Boulevard, loop back to Valley Boulevard, then west on Valley to the start/finish area in front of City Hall.
Race participants will find fruit, water, etc. at the finish of their race provided by area sponsors. There will be some vendor booths at the start/finish area.
Major sponsors to date are American Medical Response, California American Water, CSULA Associated Students, City of Rosemead, Kiwanis of Rosemead, Nature’s Bakery, Pasadena Star-News, Republic Services, Road ID, Rosemead Chamber of Commerce, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Starbucks (Rosemead Plaza), UFC Gym, Vikon, and Whittier Daily News.
More information about the event, sponsorship and registration for the races, volunteering, and donating is available at HYPERLINK "http://www.rosemead5k.com" www.rosemead5k.com. Participants are encouraged to register in advance although they can register before their race as time permits on July 4. “We expect many youth and their parents to arrive and sign up on July 4, before their race.” Registration will open at 6 a.m.
The entire event happens because of volunteers, says Estrada. “Our volunteers are who make this fun and glorious event possible on our country’s Independence Day,” he emphasized. “You can even pick up free Rosemead 5K posters at UFC Gym in Rosemead to put up to help promote the race. We need 132 volunteers, so please give back to our country by helping a couple of hours and we will give a free tee shirt to race volunteers who sign up on HYPERLINK "http://www.rosemead5k.com" www.rosemead5k.com, where there is a lot of information about volunteer areas you can sign up for where we need help.”
There is free parking on streets near the course.
City of Rosemead’s Annual July 4 Parade follows at 10 a.m. along Valley Boulevard and travels north on Loma to Rosemead Park. In the afternoon at Rosemead Park there will be music, games and carnival rides and professional fireworks at night. There is free admission to the park and fireworks show, and free parking on nearby streets.