Willie Aikens, Tom Gordon and John Wathan at All-Star Game Charity 5k & Fun Run

Former Royals Willie Aikens, Tom Gordon and John Wathan will hand out medals and congratulate participants at the finish line at the MLB All-Star Game Charity 5K & Fun Run presented by Nike. They are joining Major League Baseball, All-Star Ambassador George Brett, three-time All-Star Jeff Montgomery, five-time Royals All-Star and MLB Network Analyst Mike Sweeney, Alison Sweeney, host of The Biggest Loser and American Idol winner David Cook to show their support for cancer research and education at the event taking place on Sunday, July 8 in downtown Kansas City’s Power and Light District. 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.

In addition, the All-Star themed downtown course for the 5K race and 1-mile Fun Run was released. The 5K route begins at the Sprint Center on Grand Boulevard, the city’s main ceremonial roadway, before circling historic Union Station. Racers will finish at Power and Light District. A course map is included at the end of the release.

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 feature appearances by MLB legends, mascots and celebrity guests.

Event information is available at AllStarGame.com/5K. On-site registration and race packet pick-up will take place in front of the KC Live! stage at Power & Light today and tomorrow from 9:00 a.m. CT to 6:00 p.m. CT and Sunday, July 8th beginning at 5:00 a.m. CT. The 5K price is $35 for both adults and children 12 and under. The Fun Run price is $30 (adult) and $25 (children 12 and under).

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.

For more MLB All-Star Week information, please visit AllStarGame.com, @AllStarGame