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Register now for May 1 run/walk for Latin America

RELEASED: April 16, 2010

graphic for run/walkEAU CLAIRE — The Latin American Sustainability, Education and Development student organization will hold its third annual El Fortín 5K run/walk May 1 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The event starts at 10 a.m. at the nursing building on campus. Race-day registration begins at 9 a.m. Participants are encouraged to register before April 27. After April 27 the registration fee increases from $12 to $17.

LASED is concerned with the needs of people living in the communities of Latin America. A group of students from UW-Eau Claire studies and volunteers in Nicaraguan communities each year. The 5K is one of several fundraisers the organization holds to aid impoverished areas.

Money raised from this year's event will support scholarships, uniforms and other items to help children attend school in Nicaragua. Half of the money will be sent to the Hope for Haiti organization for earthquake relief.

Those who choose not to participate in the 5K but wish to donate can do so online.

More information about LASED is available online or by e-mailing Hannah Virant at viranthm@uwec.edu.

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