American Idol winner and Missouri native David Cook will join Major League Baseball, Hall of Famer George Brett, former Royals Mike Sweeney and Jeff Montgomery, and show his support for cancer research and education at the MLB All-Star Game Charity 5K & Fun Run presented by Nike taking place on Sunday, July 8 in downtown Kansas City’s Power and Light District. Cook, who used to work at the Stadium Club in Kauffman Stadium, will run in the event and will hand out medals and congratulate participants as they cross the finish line. MLB will donate 100% of net proceeds from the event to three charities supporting cancer research and awareness – Prostate Cancer Foundation, Stand Up To Cancer and the Greater Kansas City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
The 5K, an officially timed event, will begin at 7:30 a.m. CT. Immediately following, at 8:00 a.m. CT, the family-friendly 1-mile Fun Run will begin. All registered finishers will receive a commemorative All-Star medal and t-shirt. The All-Star themed course will take participants through downtown Kansas City, MO featuring appearances by MLB legends, mascots and celebrity guests. Early bird pricing ends July 3. The 5K price is $30 (adult) and $25 (children 12 and under) and $25 (adult) and $20 (children 12 and under) for the Fun Run.
Registration and event information is available at AllStarGame.com/5K. Online registration will end at 5:00 p.m. CT on July 4. On-site registration and race packet pick-up will begin on Thursday, July 5 from Noon – 6:00 p.m. CT at Power and Light, KC Live!. Additional hours for registration and packet pick-up at Power and Light, KC Live! are Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7 from 9:00 a.m. CT to 6:00 p.m. CT and Sunday, July 8th beginning at 5:00 a.m. CT.
David Cook, a native of Blue Springs, Missouri, was the Season 7 winner of American Idol. His debut album, David Cook, sold over 1 million copies and entered the Billboard charts at #3 and the Digital charts at #1, making it the best debut from an American Idol winner since 2006. Cook’s coronation single, “The Time of My Life” was certified platinum and is not only the biggest single debut, but the highest selling coronation single in the show’s history. His sophomore album, This Loud Morning, was released in 2011 and was a Billboard Top 10 debut. Most recently, David returned to the American Idol stage to debut a new single, "The Last Song I'll Write for You" which reached #2 on the iTunes digital charts.
Additional sponsors of the event include Aquafina, Bayer Advanced Aspirin, Gatorade, One A Day and Scotts. The University of Kansas Hospital is the official healthcare provider for the 2012 MLB All-Star Week and will be providing medical and first aid care for this event.
Previous MLB All-Star Game Charity 5K & Fun Run events have been held in St. Louis (2009) and Anaheim (2010). This unique event unites three cancer organizations that are committed to leading the fight against cancer.
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