Relief Run at Santa Monica Beach

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SANTA MONICA — Josh Duhamel’s Tokidoki Relief Run, a fundraiser for earthquake/tsunami victims in Japan, will be held on Sunday, March 27 at Santa Monica Beach, rain or shine.

“If you’re like me, you’ve seen the pain and suffering going on in Japan right now and really feel the need to help — to physically help,” said Duhamel, an actor known for such films as “Transformers” and “Life as We Know It” and the TV series “Las Vegas” and “All My Children.”

“Well, I think we can. Join me for a two-mile run on the beach in Santa Monica. This is a movement showing the world that the people of Southern California are here to help physically even if we cannot be there in person.”

Runners are asked to pay a minimum entrance fee of $10, which will go entirely to the American Red Cross’ Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund. All donations are welcome.

Runners will assemble at Beach Parking Lot 1, where Ocean Avenue meets 2600 Barnard Way. Registration is at 10 a.m. and the run starts at 11 a.m. Download the run registration form online at www.reliefrun.com, fill it out and bring it to the run to expedite registration.

Participants will run on the beach, north to the Santa Monica Pier where they will turn around and head back to the starting point at the 2600 Barnard Way beach lot. The run is 2 miles.

If you plan to participate in this event, make sure to RSVP on the Facebook link on the homepage so that organizers can see how many people are planning to show their support. If you are unable to attend, but would still like to make a donation, click the link on the homepage.

Children under 16 entering the run must fill out a consent form and have it signed by a parent or guardian.

Checks and/or money orders should be made out to American Red Cross-Japan Relief. Cash donations will also be accepted.

“In January of 2010, we raised over $100,000 for the victims of Haiti,” said Duhamel. “Well, we are about to do the same for Japan — only better. I want to thank you in advance for all of your support, love and generosity. See you Sunday.”

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  1. I was really excited to do this today. I had just donated more money than I could afford to American Red Cross a week ago, but after reading that you can donate what “you can” at this event, plus planned on buying a shirt for 25.00 I was in.
    When I got to the registration table the woman rushed me so much I was getting flustered, as I’m reaching for my one blank check.. I said I can only give 12,00 for the entrance (and since you can “give what you can”, and I did and I will again with the shirt…..I thought I was good>
    The woman insisted I HAVE to give 20.00 or I couldn’t run. I asked her again, are you sure?? etc..” Yes two people 20.00 THANK YOU…(now move along…).
    I thought that was un called for and sent the “GOOD feelings of doing something nice into yuck! don’t they train these volunteers right?

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