Grich official starter for All-Star Fun Run

Grich official starter for All-Star Fun Run

Former All-Star second baseman and Angels Hall of Famer Bobby Grich will be the official starter of the All-Star Game Charity 5K & Fun Run that will be part of festivities for the 81st Midsummer Classic, the team announced Thursday.

The 5K & Fun Run, presented by Sports Authority and Nike, is slated for July 11 and will donate all of its registration fees to four organizations: Prostate Cancer Foundation, Stand Up To Cancer, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and City of Hope.

Grich played 17 years in the Majors, from 1970-86, and was with the California Angels his last 10 seasons. In his career, Grich, 61, was named to six All-Star teams while compiling four Gold Glove Awards, 1,833 hits and 224 homers.

In 1981, he became the first American League second baseman in 80 years to lead the league in home runs. And on Feb. 3, 1988, Grich became the first inductee to the Angels Hall of Fame.

"I'm honored that Major League Baseball would ask me to be the honorary starter for this great family-friendly event," Grich said in a statement. "Not only is it a great way to get some exercise and have fun with the family, but also to run or walk through what I believe to be the most beautiful baseball stadium in the country. Every participant can run around the warning track imagining the stands filled with 40,000 fans cheering them to the finish. The fact that four cancer research charities benefit the most elevates this to a fantastic day."

Event information and registration forms will be available at 26 Los Angeles/Anaheim-area Sports Authority stores, and race packets can be picked up July 8-9 at the Tustin Marketplace location. You can also register online here.

Participants in the 5K & Fun Run will run and walk on a baseball-themed course that will feature appearances by former Major Leaguers, mascots and celebrity guests. The course will begin outside of Angel Stadium in Anaheim -- where the July 13 All-Star Game will be played -- and travel through the surrounding neighborhood.

The 5K will be officially timed and begins at 7:30 a.m. PT. A half-hour later, the family-friendly one-mile Fun Run starts. Those who sign up by July 6 pay an entry fee of $30 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under for the 5K, and $25 and $20, respectively, for the Fun Run.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.