For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea E. Garcia, Touro University California
Associate Vice President, University Advancement

W: (707) 638-5272
C: (707) 704-6101

Touro's Annual Mare Island 5k Run Leads a Day of Events

(Vallejo, CA – September 24, 2013)  – Reinforcing its commitment to the well-being of the community, Touro University California is once again presenting its yearly fundraiser, the Mare Island 5K Run/Walk, which benefits two local nonprofits and reinforces its commitment to the community.

Now in its seventh year, community members and beyond are invited to run or walk through historical Mare Island beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday, October 13, 2013. Proceeds for this fundraiser benefit the Global Center for Success and the Greater Vallejo Recreation District (GVRD).

This annual fundraiser, led by TUC’s Student Chapter of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine at Touro University California, has raised more than $9,000 in the past few years that has been donated to local charities. It is the goal of the students to raise at least $10,000 and enroll 500 runners/walkers this year to help fund valuable activities for the families and children involved with these two organizations. In addition to raising funds, the students want to promote health and fitness in the Vallejo community, which is a shared goal of GVRD, Global Center for Success, and Touro University California.

Greater Vallejo Recreation District is committed to building community and enhancing quality of life through people, parks, and programs. Global Center for Success is a non-profit organization that assists homeless, impoverished, and underserved individuals within the Vallejo community.

Adding to the excitement of the Annual 5K Run/Walk will be a host of other activities on Mare Island, run separately by various organizations.  Known as the Mare Island Fall Festival these activities include a Mare Island Golf Tournament; the Historic Naval Hospital at Mare Island talk and tour by Dr. Tom Snyder (Captain, Medical Corps, US Navy, Retired); Open House at the Global Center for Success; Navy Cemetery Tour; Lost Boats of Mare Island Memorial Services; and opportunities to visit the Mare Island Museum. To see a complete and detailed list, please visit

Registration fees are $30 for adults ($35 after Oct. 6); $15 for students (Student ID required - $20 day of race); and $70 for a family of three ($10 for each additional member - $80 day of race). Children under seven are free. Participants will receive a free T-shirt with registration.

Participants will run around the island with start and finish in the lower main Touro University California parking lot, 1310 Club Drive, Mare Island, Vallejo. Signs will direct participants to the location.

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About the Touro College and University System:

Touro University California is a Jewish nonprofit, independent graduate institution of higher learning founded in 1997 on three Judaic values: social justice, the pursuit of knowledge and service to humanity. The university, home to 1,400 students, has professional programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, public health, nursing, and education. Faculty, staff and students have a powerful commitment to academic excellence, evidence-based professional practice, inter-professional collaboration, and active engagement with a global community. To learn more, visit or call 707-638-5200.