Red Cross Partners with Actor Josh Duhamel for Prepare SoCal Youth Run

Josh Duhamel Run
Persons of all ages are invited to join the two mile course.

SANTA MONICA, November 20, 2012 - Film and television actor Josh Duhamel is once again teaming up with the American Red Cross to host a Youth Run fundraiser. The two mile beach run and jog will be held on the Santa Monica Beach, Sunday morning, December 2, 2012 – rain or shine.

Persons of all ages are invited to join the two mile course. Runners and joggers will assemble in beach parking lot #5 where Ocean Park Boulevard meets the beach at 2600 Barnard Way. Registration for the run opens at 9 AM. The run will begin at 11 AM. Participants are asked to make a $10 donation for the American Red Cross PrepareSoCal disaster preparedness campaign.

Children under 16 are required to bring a parent or adult guardian along. Runners and joggers should wear something red to show support for the Red Cross.

Youth Run participants will run or jog a mile north to the Santa Monica Pier, then turn around and return to the starting point in parking lot #5 adjacent to the beach.

In January, 2010 and March, 2011, Duhamel led thousands of runners and raised over $200,000 for both Japanese and Haitian earthquake relief efforts. Donations collected at this year’s Youth Run will go towards the American Red Cross PrepareSoCal campaign to help Southern Californians get ready for disasters.

2012 sponsors include The Ford Motor Company Fund (Ford Fund), presenting sponsor of the event, Puma, Coca Cola, Glacéau Vitamin Water, Don-A-Matrix Training, Glacéau Smart Water, Fat Burger and Honest Tea.

The Ford Motor Company Fund (Ford Fund), the community relations arm of the Ford Motor Company will be launching its Operation Goodwill campaign during the program and presenting the Red Cross with a Ford Transit Connect to be used in communities for disaster preparedness education.

Checks and money orders should be made out to American Red Cross with “PrepareSoCal" written in the memo line. Credit cards and cash will also be accepted. For more information and to register, go to www.joshyouthrun.com.

MEDIA NOTES: Interview opportunities will be available with Josh Duhamel, Red Cross representatives and Ford Motor Company representatives.

Red Carpet photo opportunities begin at 9AM. Celebrity guests to be confirmed.

About Josh Duhamel

Actor Josh Duhamel, 40, has a long history of supporting the American Red Cross. He is a member of the relief organization's national Celebrity Cabinet. He received the organization's coveted Red Cross Spirit Award at the chapter's annual Red Tie Affair fundraiser last year.

Duhamel has appeared in all three mega-hit films in the "Transformers" action series along with a number of box office smashes. He is starring in five major Hollywood feature films scheduled for release in 2013.

Duhamel is married to "Black Eyed Peas" singer, fashion designer and actress Stacy Ferguson, also known as "Fergie." He is a fitness buff and an avid golfer.

About the American Red Cross of Santa Monica

The American Red Cross of Santa Monica, is a publicly supported, 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that provides health and safety education, youth services, blood services, CPR and first aid training, disaster awareness and disaster relief efforts.