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Run Away with Cirque Du Soleil at The Springs Preserve: Tenth Annual 5K Run March 19, 2011

One of Las Vegas’ most eagerly anticipated events started with an idea from some very creative employees of Cirque du Soleil and MGM Resorts International who wanted to have fun and make a difference in the community. Now you can join dozens of artists from Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas shows and over 1,000 community members for the 10th Anniversary of Run Away with Cirque du Soleil at the Springs Preserve, a ONE DROP World Water Day event!

On Saturday, March 19, 2011 join Mayor Oscar Goodman as he starts the race while Nevada Public Radio’s President & General Manager Flo Rogers will act as emcee for the day’s events.

Race Day Registration begins at 7 a.m. with activities starting at 7:30 a.m., the 5K Run and One Mile Fun Walk will begin at 8:30 a.m.

The first 1,200 participants to sign up receive an event t-shirt and free raffle ticket for a chance to win show tickets to Mystère, “O”, Zumanity, The Sensual Side of Cirque du Soleil, KÀ, The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil, CRISS ANGEL Believe, Viva ELVIS and IRIS . The grand prize is a trip for four, to Orlando to see La Nouba, including airline tickets donated by Southwest Airlines, passes to Walt Disney World, and hotel stay at a Disney Resort, Other prizes include gift bags from the Springs Preserve. Entertainment will be provided by Cirque du Soleil performers and musicians. Massage therapy, face painting, a circus play area for children and food and beverages donated by Whole Foods Market are also available. Prizes will be awarded to the overall male and female finishers, overall Cirque du Soleil employee male and female finishers, as well as the top three finishers in each age division.

Runners and walkers can download an application or register online at www.cirquedusoleil.com/5krun or call (702) 352 0164 for information on how to pre-register by mail. Pre-registration entry fees are $35 for the 5K Run and $25 for the One Mile Fun Walk. There is a $2 early bird discount if registering before March 1, 2011. On the day of, both events are an additional $5. Participation fee includes one-day of access to the Springs Preserve museums and galleries redeemable through the end of April.

This event, in the lead up to World Water Day March 22, is designed to complement the programs of the Springs Preserve Mission Advancement office and is coordinated by the Cirque du Soleil Office of Global Citizenship, The Southern Nevada Water Authority and ONE DROP.

“I am very happy to take part for the fourth year in a row in the Run Away With Cirque du Soleil at the Springs Preserve 5K Run and 1M Fun Walk”, said Mayor Goodman. “It’s always of great benefit to the city of Las Vegas when businesses and community come together to offer locals and visitors alike an event that promotes health and fitness, and supports a great venue that is the Springs Preserve.”

“We are delighted to add this inspiring event to the activities ONE DROP will hold to celebrate World Water Day March 22”, said Lili-Anna Peresa, ONE DROP’s Executive Director. “Every 20 seconds in the world, a child dies from not having access to safe water and sanitation. We have the power and responsibility to take action, in global solidarity. With this event, ONE DROP reaches out to several communities to make our common dream of safe water access for all come true, one drop at a time, one step at a time, for future generations”.

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