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Design by Jonny McConnell/ AS Publicity Center

Allison Milton/The AS Review

Marathon runners, speed walkers, athletes, joggers and slow walkers are all invited to participate in the annual 5K Run for Relief in Burma at 8 a.m. on April 17.

The purpose of the event is to raise money for the nation of Burma and raise awareness of the present situation there, said Claudia Arroyo, marketing coordinator for the AS club Run for Relief in Burma.

The money raised by the run will go to Free Burma Rangers, a nonprofit organization that provides medical supplies, support, food and other items that the people of Burma are deprived of.

“Ethnic minorities in Burma are being persecuted, tortured, raped and being forced from their villages,” Arroyo said.
According to Free Burma Rangers, it is because of the military regime that has left millions of Burmese people displaced because of its dictatorship.

Arroyo said there are various forms of the race around the country, all supporting the same mission: to participate in the fight for human rights internationally.

“The event is a union of people that want to do something about the offenses around the world,” she said.

The race will take place at Lake Padden. The entry fee is $17 for students, $22 for community members, $12 for kids and $47 for families.  Participants may register the day of the race.

Donations will also be accepted at the event. Registration forms are located at the VU Information Desk, or online at www.bookstore.wwu.edu.