Gatorade/Steelers 5K race

<b>PITTSBURGH - </b> There is still time to register for the 16th Annual Gatorade/Steelers 5K Race, Fitness Walk and Kids Kickoff Run, this Saturday, June 12 at 9 a.m. at Heinz Field.

Day-of-race registration fees are $15 for the 5K Race and Fitness Walk and $10 for the Kids Kickoff Run. Participants may register the morning of the race beginning at 7 a.m. in the Coca-Cola Great Hall at Heinz Field. All registrants receive a race t-shirt and gift packet and will be eligible for surprise giveaways. Free parking is available in Lot Gold 1.

Steelers Hall of Fame defensive tackle Joe Greene will serve as the chairman of the event, and will be joined by co-chairs Michele Michaels of WDVE-FM and Jon Burnett of KDKA-TV. Current and former Steelers will also be in attendance.

The 5K Race is a competitive event sanctioned by USA Track and Field with a 3.1-mile level course on the North Side highlighted by a spectacular finish inside Heinz Field. The fastest man and woman in the open competition each win a trip for two to the Steelers-Browns game November 14, 2004. In addition, prizes are awarded to the top five male and female finishers, the top three in each of 14 age groups, the nose tackle division (men 200 pounds and over), and the top two male and female finishers in the wheelchair division.

The starting gun sounds for the runners and walkers at 9 a.m. The Kids Kickoff Run, a 40-yard dash along the west warning track of Heinz Field, will take place at 10 a.m.

Proceeds from the race benefit the Art Rooney Scholarship Fund, which was established in memory of the late founder of the Steelers who died in August of 1988 after living most of his life on the North Side. Each year a $10,000 scholarship in his name is presented to a graduating senior from each of the three high schools on the North Side -- Oliver, Perry and North Catholic. Each school nominates three students who have been accepted to college and are in need of financial aid.

For more information on the Gatorade/Steelers 5K, please call (412) 697-7713.

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