Mark your race calendars Longest Day 5 & 10K June 17, 2011

It is part of the Timex Road Race Series and the Sun Run Series and attracted more than 1000 runners last year. We are hoping for about 1200 participants this year. The event raises funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and Thunderbirds junior development track programs. It will take place at Thunderbird Stadium at UBC on Friday, June 17 at 6:45 pm for the 5k and at 7:10 for the 10k. There will also be a kid's mile at 6:30 followed by supervised activities. The post race party is second to none, with a barbecue, fruit and vegetable platters, White Spot desserts, ice cream, coffee and juices. There will also be a beer garden on site.

There will be many awards including Timex watches and $2800 in cash prizes and gift cards from the Running Room. There will also be more than 70 draw prizes that all registered runners are eligible to win, including a two night stay with breakfast at the Hills Health Ranch and a two night stay at the Adara Hotel in Whistler.

For an additional donation to the JDRF, participants will be eligible to win a $200 gift card to Le Crocodile or a $2000 Tofino getaway for 2 that includes round trip air on Tofino Air plus 2 nights accommodation,1 dinner, breakfasts daily and surf lessons at the fabulous Long Beach Lodge Resort.

The early bird deadline for registration is May 17. For more information and to register, go to www.thunderbirdstrack.org.

Irene Loh, Dr. Dave Taylors' partner is involved with this event.