June 24, 2010 – Former Angels outfielder Tim Salmon is proudly showing his support for cancer research and education by joining Major League Baseball, Angels Hall of Famer Bobby Grich and Jillian Michaels, star of The Biggest Loser and Losing It With Jillian, at the All-Star Game Charity 5K & Fun Run presented by Sports Authority and Nike, taking place on Sunday, July 11, 2010. Salmon will be handing out medals and congratulating participants as they cross the finish line. The event will benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Stand Up To Cancer, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and City of Hope with Major League Baseball donating 100% of registration fees to the organizations.
Salmon, who played in the Majors from 1992-2006, spent his entire 14-year playing career in an Angels uniform. A third round pick in the 1989 First-Year Player Draft, Salmon compiled a career .282 batting average with 299 home runs, 1,016 RBI and 1,674 hits. Tim’s 299 career homers rank first in Angels history, while his 1,016 RBI rank second to his longtime teammate Garret Anderson (1,292). In 1993, the right-handed hitting outfielder was named the American League Rookie of the Year after batting .283 with 31 home runs, 95 RBI, 35 doubles and 93 runs scored. Salmon, who quickly became a fan favorite and earned the nickname “King Fish,” finished seventh in American League Most Valuable Player voting in 1995 after turning in a career-best .330 batting average. In 2002, when the Long Beach, California native was named Major League Baseball’s Comeback Player of the Year, Salmon played a crucial role in the Angels postseason run as the Club went on to defeat the San Francisco Giants in seven games to claim the franchise’s only World Series Championship.
“As a long time supporter and participant of the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Home Run Challenge, I am more than delighted to get involved with PCF and the other notable cancer charities during the 2010 All- Star Game Charity 5K & Fun Run,” said Salmon. “Cancer has definitely impacted me and my family, therefore, one of my objectives in life is to work to help find a cure once and for all.”
Participants in the All-Star Game Charity 5K & Fun Run presented by Sports Authority and Nike will run and walk on a baseball-themed course featuring appearances by MLB legends, mascots and celebrity guests. The course will begin outside of Angel Stadium of Anaheim, home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and host of the 2010 MLB All-Star Game, and travel through the surrounding neighborhood. The course will take participants through the ballpark where they will take the final stretch of the race on the warning track, giving fans an exclusive glimpse of the Big A in advance of the 2010 All-Star Game. The All-Star Game Charity 5K & Fun Run presented by Sports Authority and Nike is proudly supported by Aquafina, Bank of America, Firestone, Gatorade and Getty Images.
The 5K, an officially timed event, will begin at 7:30 a.m. PT. Immediately following, at 8:00 a.m. PT the family-friendly 1-mile Fun Run will begin. All finishers will receive a commemorative All-Star medal and t-shirt. Sign up by July 6th and receive a discounted price of $30 (adult) and $25 (children 12 and under) for the 5K and $25 (adult) and $20 (children 12 and under) for the Fun Run. Space is limited so participants are encouraged to signup early. Registration and event information is available at http://www.allstargame.com. Event information and registration forms will also be available at 26 Los Angeles/Anaheim area Sports Authority stores with race packets available for pick-up on Thursday and Friday, July 8 and 9, at the Tustin Marketplace store location.
About the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
The 81st Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 13th in Anaheim and will feature the best of the American League taking on the top players of the National League. Building up to the excitement of the All-Star Game, Major League Baseball will conduct a wide variety of special events and charitable activities for fans both inside and outside of Angel Stadium of Anaheim. At the ballpark, the events will include Taco Bell All-Star Sunday on Sunday, July 11 featuring the XM All-Star Futures Game and the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game, and Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on Monday, July 12 featuring the State Farm Home Run Derby on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio.
Outside of the ballpark, fans will have an opportunity to experience All-Star Summer through a variety of special events including Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest, the five-day interactive fan festival; the All-Star Game Charity 5K & Fun Run presented by Sports Authority and Nike, a charity run-walk on a baseball-themed route to benefit four cancer organizations, and the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevrolet, a free parade of All-Stars through the streets of Anaheim, which will be broadcast on MLB Network. The Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally on FOX, broadcast on ESPN Radio and will be shown around the world by Major League Baseball International. For more information about 2010 All-Star Summer, visit www.AllStarGame.com.
Contact: Matt Bourne or Sarah Leer, Major League Baseball, (212) 931-7878